Redbird Basketball Signs Juco Guard, Hunter
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April 17, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head basketball coach Dan Muller announced the National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing of Bobby Hunter, a 5-foot-10, transfer guard from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday. Hunter was the second-leading scorer among Division I junior college players, with 25.2 points averaged per game as a sophomore.
"Bobby is a strong, athletic and explosive guard," Muller said. "He has the ability to attack off of the bounce, as well as score from the perimeter. He does a great job of putting pressure on the defense, which creates scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates."
Hunter, who will have two years of eligibility remaining at Illinois State, was Santa Fe's first-ever NJCAA First Team All-America selection. He also earned First Team All-America accolades as a freshman at NAIA Division II Oregon Tech, where he guided the Owls to a national championship while averaging 20.2 points per game. Hunter redshirted during the 2010-11 season at Oregon Tech.
A Reno, Nev., native, Hunter netted double figures in 31 out of 32 games with Santa Fe, scoring a career-high 40 points against TAAG Academy. Some of his best performances came against eventual NJCAA National Champion Central Florida, with 37, 30 and 28 points in the Saints' three meetings with the national title winners.
Hunter's 275 free throws made and 354 free throws attempted also set a Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) mark, passing the former records of 230 made and 282 attempted, set by two different players. While at Santa Fe, Hunter shot 47.3 percent from the field, 77.7 percent from the free throw line and 37 percent from the three point line. He averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and had 76 steals.
Along with his All-America honors, Hunter was named the Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) Player of the Year, a First Team All-FCSAA honoree and a First Team All-MFC selection, making him one of the most-decorated men's basketball players in Santa Fe College history. Hunter also earned numerous prep accolades while playing at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno.
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