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Hunt among elite at basketball camp

Photo by Derrick Mahone

North Clayton standout Marcus Hunt is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation. He will play in the elite NBA Top 100 Basketball Camp this week.

Photo by Derrick Mahone North Clayton standout Marcus Hunt is considered one of the top rising seniors in the nation. He will play in the elite NBA Top 100 Basketball Camp this week.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

The rise of Marcus Hunt among the nation's elite high school basketball players will continue this week as the rising North Clayton High senior plays in one of the summer's most prestigious camps.

Hunt, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard/forward, will participate in the NBA

Players Association Top 100 Camp, which regularly features the nation's top high school players. The all-state player is one of eight players from the state that got an invitation to the camp, which gives high school seniors insight into what it takes to play in the NBA, both on and off the court.

The camp is staffed by over two dozen former NBA players, as well as current high school coaches.

Former Union Grove standout Charles Mann also received an invite to the four-day camp.

"We are only looking for the best," said ESPN Recruiting analyst Dave Telep, who picks the participants. "We do not skimp on the players. This is the elite."

Since this is a non-NCAA contact period, college coaches are not allowed to attend the drills or games, which runs today through Saturday at the University of Virginia.

In addition to basketball, players attend "life skills" sessions.

"I'm definitely looking forward to this camp, because you are going against the top players in the country," Hunt said. "Being invited is really good. This really shows how I've been progressing over the summer."

The progression started this past basketball season, when Hunt moved back to his natural forward position after having to play in the post during the previous season. He averaged 26.2 points and 15 rebounds last season and made just about every all-state team.

He is a consensus top-100 player by all the major recruiting services.

"The sky is the limit with him as far as his athleticism and skills," Telep said. "His game has extended to the perimeter. He is one of the better finishers in this class."

Hunt is hoping that a good showing this week and next month at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., will net him a McDonald's All-American game invitation.

"I would love to get invited to the McDonald's game," he said. "That is the goal that I'm working for this summer. Being invited there really says a lot about you."

Next month's Peach Jam is arguably considered the premier AAU competition during the summer college evaluation period. Hunt will play with the Georgia Stars AAU team, which also has Miller Grove's Tony Park and Brandon Morris, two other highly recruited players.

The 24-team Peach Jam runs July 12-15 at the Riverview Park Activity Center with teams from across the country.

"I'm definitely looking forward to this," Hunt said. "It gives me another opportunity to play in front of several college coaches."