Under-recruited out of high school, junior college guard Bobby Hunter is a few weeks away from finally being able to play at the Division-I level.
"I wasn't recruited a lot out of high school," said Hunter, who graduated from Reno, Nevada's Bishop Manogue. "A lot of the schools wanted bigger guards. I'm 5-9/5-10, and they wanted a 6-1/6-2 guard. Some of them [bigger guards] didn't have the talent that I have, but they [D-1 schools] chose who they wanted."
Now, after scoring 20.2 PPG at Oregon Tech (NAIA) en route to a National Championship in 2012 and putting up 25.2 PPG at Santa Fe JC (Gainesville, Fla.) this season, Bobby Hunter is attracting the interest of several mid- majors and one high-major school. "My top four-to-five choices would be Seton Hall, Iona, Evansville, Illinois State, and Murray State. Those are the schools I've been talking to quite a bit."
Iona, Evansville, and Murray State have all offered Bobby.
"Seton Hall is definitely standing out," said Hunter, when asked if he had a favorite. "One, they're a private school, that's where I went to high school - I went to private school. The type of education that is going to be there [is important], plus the program. They've had their ups and downs, but they're a decent program - I like that."
After asking Bobby to go more in-depth about the five schools he is considering, he concentrated on Seton Hall and Illinois State.
"I like Seton Hall, they're in the Big East. A lot of the other schools [on my list], they're in different conferences, but I like the Big East. The Big East is one of the top 3 or 4 conferences. I definitely like the Big East.
"I kind of want to be around a city, and I know Seton Hall is close to New York and I've always wanted to go to New York, so that would be cool."
"Illinois State has my exact major (communications). Seton Hall may have it, or they may have a different major that I would have to choose, but Illinois State has the exact major that I have all my credits [from Santa Fe JC] in."
Bobby Hunter has built his game around high-tempo action, an attribute that gels with Iona (8th) and Illinois State (25th). "I'm more of a combo guard, but scoring is just natural. I was raised playing fast tempo and full court press -- get the ball out and score. So that's the mentality that I've had," said Hunter. "I get a lot of my points from deflections and stuff like that - steals -- getting out on the rush. Once I start attacking the hole, that's when my jumper opens up."
However, his outside shot is something that Bobby has admitted he must work on before next season. "[My main weakness is] Being more efficient from the three-point line. I get to the hole, I shoot a lot of free throws. Don't get me wrong, I do knock down a lot of threes, I just need to be more efficient and more consistent doing that."
Going forward, Hunter hopes to be ready to sign a NLI on April 17th, the first day of the spring signing period. He is currently in the process of setting up a visit to Iona early next week and has no other visits planned.