North Clayton standout Hunt picks GA Tech

North Clayton's Marcus Hunt has several college basketball offers. His most recently received an offer from Georgia Tech.

North Clayton's Marcus Hunt has several college basketball offers. His most recently received an offer from Georgia Tech.

Seven days after trimming his college scholarship list from 30 schools to a more workable eight, North Clayton basketball standout Marcus Hunt has now eliminated all but one.

Georgia Tech won the sweepstakes for his services when the 6-foot-5 guard/forward announced Friday that he would sign with the Yellow Jackets during November’s early signing period. Hunt committed to the ACC school over Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

“I did my research with each school, and I thought Georgia Tech was my best decision,” Hunt said. “From what I’ve decided, it was the best fit for me.”

Part of his reason was the long-time, close relationship that Hunt had formed with Georgia Tech assistant coach Chad Dollar.

When Tech new coach Brian Gregory accepted the job following the firing of Paul Hewitt, the former Dayton coach made Dollar his first hire. During Dollar’s tenure at Wichita State, he begin recruiting Hunt.

“Wichita was one of the first schools that offered me,” Hunt said. “It helped a lot that I have known coach Dollar for a while.”

Hunt’s father, Willie, agreed.

“I think Georgia Tech is a good situation for him,” the elder Hunt said. “He has a chance to come in and get some playing time. As soon as coach Dollar got the Georgia Tech job, Marcus was the first person he called. They made it a priority to get Marcus, and they did a good job.”

Through his research, Hunt discovered that Gregory employs an uptempo style. Hunt said he will likely play both guard positions plus forward.

“I loved the way his (Gregory) teams got out and ran,” Hunt said about watching film on Dayton.

He becomes the second metro Atlanta prospect to choose the Yellow Jackets. North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden committed to the Yellow Jackets earlier this month.

Hunt and Bolden are AAU teammates for the Georgia Stars.

Coming into this season, Hunt is rated the No. 60 prospect in the nation by ESPN Recruiting. He averaged 26.7 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as a junior last year at North Clayton, which reached the second round of the playoffs.

“One thing about Marcus is that he is a well-rounded player who loves to get his teammates involved,” North Clayton coach Martisse Troup said. “He is a great student-athlete. Coach Dollar did a great job, and I think the family trusts him, which was a key point.”

Two other players with ties to the Southern Crescent have also committed to colleges. Former Union Grove standout Charles Mann has decided he will attend Georgia. During the summer, Mann transferred to state powerhouse Milton for his senior season.

Lovejoy senior Justin Tuoyo has decided to attend NCAA final four participant Virginia Commonwealth University.