The Bellarmine men’s basketball team has received a Class of 2015 recruiting commitment from Calloway County forward Skyler Hunter, who made 82 3-pointers this season.
The 6-foot-7 Hunter averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds and shot 46 percent from the floor this season in leading Calloway County to the First Region title and the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16. He made 82 of 189 3-point tries (43.4 percent).
“They have great academics, and that’ important to me,” Hunter said. “Basketball-wise, they’re just coming off a (NCAA Division II) Final Four. In the past five years, they’ve won a national championship, and I think they’re right on the brink of doing it again.”
Hunter chose the Knights over Division I offers from Colgate and St. Francis and multiple other D-II schools.
He described himself as a “stretch ‘4’” and a “pick-and-pop guy” who can also play small forward, and he was drawn to Bellarmine’s system, which features quick ball movement and perimeter shooting.
He has visited Bellarmine a couple times, including for a February game against Quincy, when the Knights blitzed the opponent with a 25-0 second-half spurt – “a wild offensive run,” Hunter said – to break open a close game.
Seeing that style of play and the atmosphere inside Knights Hall “just struck and chord with me, and it felt right,” Hunter said. “They shoot the ball, run the floor and move the ball better than anybody I’ve ever seen. I saw it, and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Hunter is third member of Bellarmine’s 2015 class, along with Trinity guard Daniel Ramser and Evansville (Ind.) Reitz Memorial forward Adam Eberhard.