Friday, April 17, 2015

Calloway County's Skyler Hunter Signs with Bellarmine University

Calloway County senior Skyler Hunter has signed with Bellarmine University for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport has announced the signing of Skyler Hunter of Calloway County High School to a national letter of intent. The 6-7, 185-pound forward is the third high schooler to sign with the Knights this year, joining Daniel Ramser of Trinity and Adam Eberhard of Reitz Memorial in Evansville, Ind.

Hunter averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds this past season for Calloway County, which was 30-4 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the "Sweet 16." He also shot 46 percent from the field, including making 82 of 189 (43.4 percent) three-pointers.

"Skyler is a very exciting addition to the Bellarmine basketball program," said Davenport. "He has a tremendous upside, he comes out of great program that won at a high level. He is very versatile at both ends of the court, inside and outside. I am thrilled to have such a fine young man on and off the floor join our basketball family!"

Hunter's high school coach agrees with Davenport's assessment. "Skyler has the biggest upside of anyone I've coached in my 19 years as a head coach," said Calloway County Head Boys' Basketball Coach Terry Birdsong. "He can shoot the cover off the ball. He shot over 40 percent last year and some of his shots were really deep. I think (in college) he's going to put defenses in a dilemma of whether or not to go out and guard him."

Hunter's assessment of his own game is that he considers himself a "stretch 4" player. "I think I have a decent post game. I've got the skill set; I just need to hone it (for college)." He added that he played mostly on the perimeter in high school, which he sees fitting in well at Bellarmine. "The way Bellarmine plays with their ball movement and shooting, I think I can really help in that system."

The Knights were not high on Hunter's list until rather late in the recruiting process, but after making a visit last summer, Bellarmine made it to the top. "I hadn't given Bellarmine much thought really until early this (school) year," Hunter said. "I was being recruited by a lot of Division I programs—great programs—just far away. Then I got in contact with Bellarmine and got to know Coach Davenport. I came up before the season and got to meet the guys, and then I came for a game, and the atmosphere there is awesome. The fans really fill up the gym, and they get loud." Hunter said the combination of coaching staff, players and atmosphere sealed his decision to play for Bellarmine.

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