With the summer fast approaching, the last few remaining 2010 players need to make their college decisions in the coming weeks.
One of them, Neiko Hunter, a former top-150 player, has chosen the junior college route. The 6-foot-5 Hunter will attend Northwest Florida in Fort Walton, Fla.
“He didn’t get the score he needed,” said Rodney Wesley, Hunter’s high school coach at Greene County High School (Ala.).
Hunter chose Northwest Florida over John Logan (Ill.), Odessa (Tex.) and several other junior colleges that were interested in his services.
“He’s more of a guy that can play the two, but plays like a three,” Wesley said. “He crashes the offensive boards, the defensive boards. He can take the ball to the basket, and hit the outside shot.”
In terms of Division-I NCAA schools, Hunter held offers from Missouri State, Southern Miss, UTEP and Utah State in the past couple of months.
Prior to the academic troubles, he held interest from Maryland, Wake Forest, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Auburn and Arkansas.
“I think he will make an impact [at the NCAA level],” Wesley said when asked what sort of effect Hunter will have in two years. “He would have had one out of high school, and I think after two years in junior college, he will make more than that.”