Four-Star Prospect Dillon Hunter Commits To Baylor Bears; Becomes Their First 2022 Commit

Published 02/05/2021, 11:00 AM EST


The Baylor Bears are dominating NCAA basketball at the moment. Currently, they are boasting a 17-0 unbeaten record, which has included a few big wins too. But now they have more reasons to celebrate, after their first recruitment for the 2022 recruiting class.

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After offers from Auburn, Florida State, and Georgia, four-star prospect Dillon Hunter chose Baylor. Ranked 25th by ESPN, the 17-year-old is an exciting point guard coming out of the Ypsi Prep Academy. The 6’3 guard hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and he has played for current Bears star Davion Mitchell’s former AAU team.

Hunter played for Westlake High School before he transferred to Ypsi. This move allowed him to play alongside some other top prospects in Emoni Bates, JaVaughn Hannah, and Shawn Phillips. This season, he is averaging 9.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.

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Relationship with Baylor Bears’ Jared Nunes helped Hunter’s decision

Hunter revealed his commitment through a blog on Sports Illustrated. He wrote, “My relationships with the coaches were another big factor in my decision too! I built a really close relationship with Coach Nu (Jared Nunes).”

Nunes is the Bears’ Special Assistant & Director of Player Development. He talks about how Nunes kept checking up on him and later mentioned how coach Scott Drew helped out as well. These relationships helped his decision, and also the impressive record that Baylor has currently this season.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is Dillon Hunter’s role model?

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During a 2019 USA Basketball interview, Hunter mentioned that his playstyle is similar to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and he likes how the OKC Thunder guard plays. The biggest similarity between the two players is their ability to drive to the rim. They are both explosive scorers and can execute tough finishes at the rim.

Hunter also possesses a smooth jumper like Shai and can knock down the three-ball as well. But unlike Shai, Hunter is a natural playmaker, which explains why he is leading his team in assists. He can create the best looks and also find open teammates always. This makes him a total package on offense, and he can definitely lead an attack.

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The Bears have an exciting slashing playmaker coming up their ranks soon, and he will be a great addition to the roster.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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