North Clayton junior Marcus Hunt is held 6 a.m. workouts for college coaches this week as he has landed several scholarship offers including ones from Georgia and Georgia Tech. (Photo by Derrick Mahone)
By Derrick Mahone
This time last spring, Marcus Hunt had a few college basketball offers from mostly mid-major schools.
After an MVP-type high school season, and several standout performances on the AAU circuit this spring, Hunt is now one of the hottest recruited players in the state.
This week, he has added offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech along with Tennessee, Alabama, UMass and Miami. His 6 a.m. workouts have kept few of the big name programs away.
"It is really exciting," said Willie Hunt, Marcus' father. "We are taking this all in. He has stayed humble because he knew this time would eventually come."
The 6-foot-5 guard/forward started this past season off with offers from Wichita State, VCU, Georgia State and Miami heavy on his trail.
However, after averaging 26.2 points and 15 rebounds in leading North Clayton to the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, several larger schools joined in on the recruiting. He had five games of at least 30 points, including a career-high 47 against Jonesboro.
"I've really tried to work hard to get to this point," said Marcus Hunt, who is considered one of the top junior players in the state. "I'm real appreciative on all these offers."
This morning, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Memphis are expected to stop by the 6 a.m. workouts.
As a sophomore last season for the Eagles, Hunt had to play mostly the power forward/center position since the team was heavy on senior guards. This past season he was able to move to his natural position of small forward and combo guard.
"Marcus is a real unselfish player," North Clayton coach Martisse Troup said. "He has seen where his workouts are paying off. He is not worried about rankings, because his main goal is to get better."
Playing for the high-profile Georgia Stars AAU team, Hunt has blossomed into a top-flight player. He had 29 points in the team's win over the Atlanta Celtics at the Real Deal In The Rock tournament in Little Rock last weekend.
In a battle against Oak Hill Academy product Jordan Adams, Hunt also put up 29 points.
"I like him a lot," said Dave Telep of ESPN Recruiting. "I like the fact that he is 6-5 and put together. He is really skilled in going to the hoop. He is a slasher with some good perimeter skills."
Hunt and his father said they will begin trimming the list during the summer, and he could possible sign during the early signing period in November. They said they have not ruled out any school just yet, no matter the size.
"You don't have to be the Dukes or Kentuckys," Willie Hunt said. "We are taking all offers, because you never know what will happen."