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North Clayton senior Marcus Hunt, a Georgia Tech signee, has been on of the most prolific scorers in Class AAAA the last two years. He is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,898 points during his four-year career.
Marcus Hunt received the outlet pass, took one dribble and heaved a shot towards the goal.
As the buzzer sounded, the shot banked off the glass and went through the net.
Teammates gave him high-fives and chest bumps.
This mad scene wasn’t a game-winning shot, but enabled Hunt’s practice unit to score a victory over North Clayton’s other practice squad.
For a player that has scored 1,898 points during a distinguished four-year career at North Clayton, one would think he would take a meaningless shot in stride.
“A loss is not acceptable for Marcus,” said senior teammate Dennis Johnson. “He gives 110 percent, whether it’s at practice or in a game. He makes everyone want to step their game up a notch.”
During the last three games, Hunt, an all-state forward, has been on another level. He is averaging 34 points a game to boost his average to 21.4 points a game. He also is averaging 13 rebounds.
“He is having a phenomenal season,” North Clayton coach Martisse Troup said. “He is getting it done in a variety of ways. Marcus is also doing a good job on the defensive end. The thing I like about him is that he is also getting his teammates involved. I think Marcus and the team are peaking at the right time.”
The Eagles host Banneker tonight before closing out their home schedule against region-leading Lovejoy. The Lovejoy game will be observed as Senior Night with a special tribute to Hunt, one of the most prolific scorers in school history.
Hunt will have his No. 24 jersey retired.
While personal accolades are appreciated, Hunt has been totally focused on the team.
“I feel the season is going pretty good for us,” said Hunt, a Georgia Tech signee. “We are right were we want to be at this stage. I feel the team has bonded real well as the season has gone on. We got a lot of good chemistry.”
Hunt, one of the top-rated players in the nation according to most recruiting services, likes to talk less about himself about the team.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder has been a big reason why the Eagles are currently in third place in highly competitive Region 4-AAAA. Despite getting double-teamed and facing several junk defenses the last two seasons, Hunt has been one of the top scorers in Class AAAA.
He is the first to get credit to his teammates on all his and the team’s accomplishments.
“Every time I touch the ball, teams are sending two and three players at me,” Hunt said. “I’ve gotten used to it. The big thing is that I trust my teammates. We are in practice every day, pushing each other. It is definitely a win-win situation for us.”
“Marcus has an outstanding attitude,” Troup said. “He always brings a positive attitude to the games and practice. He really knows how to motivate his teammates.”