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Marcus Hunt - North Clayton- Named Clayton County Boys Player of the Year

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Marcus Hunt - North Clayton

Vitals: A 6-5, junior guard/forward. Averaged 26.2 points, 15 rebounds, two blocked shot, two steals and four assists per game. Had two games of at least 40 points. Has scored 1,350 points during the last two and half seasons.

Why Hunt: Considered the "heart and soul" of the Eagles' team by several teammates. If Hunt had a big game, it increased the team's chances of winning. He is considered one of the top rated juniors in the state by several recruiting services. The 215-pounder is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. His natural position is small forward, but he can play just about every position on the floor. This season,

Hunt played some point guard.

Others considered: Jonesboro guard Rasham Suarez, a Georgia Southern signee, is the two-time Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year and made several all-state teams. James White of Jonesboro provided the final four team with a lot of scoring and defensive help. The 6-8 White has signed with Arkansas-Little Rock, which won the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Coach Martisse Troup on Hunt: "He was a big asset from the beginning of the season to the end. At the end of the season, his leadership was great. He is a big reason why we went to the Sweet 16 this season. I see nothing but great things for him next season. Each year he has progressed as a player. He is really becoming a big leader in the building. "

Where are they now: Last season, former Lovejoy standout Cameron Solomon received the honor. The 6-foot-4 guard played his first season at High Point and appeared in nine games. In 37 minutes of action, he scored 17 points. High Point finished with a 12-19 record and was tied for seventh in the Big South Conference.