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CLAYTON COUNTY BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Hunt

Photo by Jerry Jackson
North Clayton's Marcus Hunt averaged a double-double in points and rebounds as the Eagles reached the Class AAAA semifinals.

Photo by Jerry Jackson North Clayton's Marcus Hunt averaged a double-double in points and rebounds as the Eagles reached the Class AAAA semifinals.

Question: What was your season’s biggest highlight?

Answer: “Winning the region championship and going to the final four. Overall the second half of the season was really exciting for us. The Southwest DeKalb, Alcovy and Lovejoy game in the playoffs stands out the most.”

Q: How did you improve your game this season?

A: “The biggest improvement is that I really got a lot stronger this season. I worked out in the offseason to improve my strength. I also was able to improve on my jumpshot. It helped me pull up more on breaks and keep teams from taking a charge.”

Q: What was your biggest challenge?

A: “The biggest challenge was getting all my teammates on the same page. I think in the second half of the season, it went really well. We played as a team and was able to win the region and make it deep in the playoffs.”

Vitals: Averaged a team-leading 25.2 points per game despite being doubled-team a lot this season. He finished career with 2,100 points. He averaged 16.7 rebounds per game, and had a career-high 28 against Alcovy.

Why Hunt: The bigger the game, the bigger he played. The Georgia Tech signee had 34 points and 40 points, respectively in the team’s final two playoff games. He played almost every position throughout his career at North Clayton, including the point guard and post position.

Coach Martisse Troup on Hunt: “He definitely lived up to all the preseason expectations and hype. Throughout his career he has transformed his game. In addition to what he does on the court, Marcus is a great student. He had a great impact in putting North Clayton back on the map.”

Others considered: Jonesboro’s Patrick Petty, Drew’s Derrick Frye and Lovejoy’s Justin Tuoyo.

Where are they now: Last year’s winner was Hunt, who averaged 26.2 points and 15 rebounds to lead the team to the playoffs.