Before his junior season begins for the Camden boys’ basketball team, Hunter Vick has taken the next step to playing on the next level.
On Friday, Vick received his first offer to play college basketball on the NCAA Division I level. UT Martin offered Vick on Friday.
“[UT Martin associate head] Coach [Anthony] Stewart asked me what my schedule was like, and I told him my last period is athletics. He came and watched me. Then we were talking after, and he offered me. I was surprised.”
Vick has talked to a couple of other colleges, but UT Martin was the first one to offer.
“He has seen me play a lot over the summer,” Vick said. “This was a huge moment for me. I feel like all the work and effort I have put in is paying off.
Vick played for the Music City Heat over the summer in AAU, but he didn’t think his first offer would be so quick.
“I didn’t think this would happen before my junior season,” he said. “I was thinking more of my senior season. I was hopeful that it would be [NCAA] D-I, but I was surprised.”
As a sophomore, Vick averaged 22.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 40 from 3-point range to be named to the All-West Tennessee Second Team.
But now Vick is motivated even more to improve and have a better junior season.
“It motivates me to work hard, get in the weight room and get shots up,” he said.
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