Hunt trims scholarship list to eight schools

Calling it a difficult decision, North Clayton senior Marcus Hunt has trimmed his college basketball scholarship offers from 30 to a more workable eight schools.

Hunt's father, Willie, announced the schools that made the cut for his son's services early Friday morning on his Facebook page.

The schools, in no particular order, are: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"It was a very difficult decision with a lot of choices," said Marcus Hunt when reached Friday night cellphone. "I still have some big decisions to make. You have a lot of people in your ear trying to tell you what to do and where to go."

The 6-foot-5 Hunt said he has set no timetable in either trimming the list again or making a final decision. Seniors can sign scholarship during a one-week period in November. They have another opportunity in April.

"I really don't know yet if I'm going to sign early or wait," Hunt said. "I might just keep the list at eight or trim it again. Right now, I don't know."

He said he has done research on the schools on his list. He has already taken unofficial visits to Alabama, Louisville, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Hunt said he wasn't sure if he will make anymore visits before making a final decision.

"All the coaches have a different style, but most are uptempo," Hunt said. "I was looking for a school that has an uptempo style. I like that."

An all-state selection, Hunt averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds this past season in leading North Clayton to the state playoffs. He had a career-high 47 points with eight 3-pointers against Jonesboro.

After playing his freshman and sophomore seasons in the low-post because the team lacked height, he was moved to his natural guard/forward position this past season. He even played some at the point guard position.

Hunt entered this past season with interest from mostly mid-major colleges, but his stock began to rise after putting up double-digit numbers in points and rebounds.

During last spring's college coaches evaluation period, Hunt received several offers. He moved into the Top 100 prospect list several national recruiting services.

"This is a big decision in picking a college," Hunt said. "This is the place where I will spend the next four years."