April 2, 2017
By: Julius Kim
Jerome Hunter, a class of 2018 forward from Pickerington North/OH-NOVA (Tillman) has had a very strong showing at the Elevate Hoops Capital Hoop Fest event as he played against quality talent in the D.M.V. area. Hunter stated some programs that are making him a priority right now in his recruitment.
“I feel like Pittsburgh, Michigan, Butler, and Xavier are making me their priority,” Hunter said in an exclusive interview.
Hunter seemed to like what the Panthers bring to the table.
“Their coach (Kevin Stallings) is new and he knows how to use good players like me. He was at Vanderbilt for 17 seasons and they are just making me a priority. They have a good campus, good coaching staff, and its just a good feel.”
He spoke highly on Michigan and their coaching staff as he took a visit there earlier this year.
“I liked Michigan a lot. Coach (John) Beilein and I walked around and he’s really cool. Saddi Washington is really cool too and just the overall visit was really great. His pitch, to me, was that he wants me to come in and start right away. He wants me to play the ‘wolf’ position, which is their main scorer on the team. He just wants me to make an impact right away.”
He also gave his thoughts on the Musketeers as they made a huge run in the NCAA tournament.
“I like Xavier because it’s a small school and they are mainly known for basketball. Coach (Chris) Mack is cool… Coach (Travis) Steele talks to me the most and we talk almost every day. The campus is really nice and they have a great program. His pitch to me was the same thing. Since they are losing (Trevon) Bluiett, he wants me to come in and replace him.”
As the 6-foot-7 forward continues to build a relationship with the coaching staff at Butler, he still feels like they are making him a priority.
“They want me to come in a make an impact right away but I’ve haven’t spoken to them as much but they are going to make me a priority. I’ve been there for a game but not for a visit. I plan to go up there sometime.”