Belmont Evaluates 2017 SG

UPDATE: Since Tuesday, Hunter Vick has picked up interest from Wofford and Valporaiso.

 

Class of 2017 guard Hunter Vick is an easy riser.  In the second quarter of the District 11-AA Consolation Game, Vick collected a steal at mid-court.  He calmly hopped into a one-handed poke.

Belmont Assistant Coach Brian Ayers made the short journey Tuesday night to scout Hunter Vick (Camden HS).

Through the first half Vick managed nine points in a relatively low-scoring game against Montgomery Central.  The true scorer emerged after halftime, scoring seven quick points in the first segment.  A 20-foot three-pointer with 7:10 left in the fourth quarter surprised the defense a touch.  Opponent Trey Spencer extended out much quicker next time down.

Vick-torious, Hunter finished with 23 points.  He nailed two final free throws with 22 seconds left to open up the game, 70-67.  Montgomery Central earned a last second attempt.  Jarrius Satterfield was hitting all night from deep, but his final offering clanged.

Hours later Vick was honored with All-District Co-MVP alongside Ross Cummings (Mercer signee).

Recruiting

“Belmont has been by three times,” said Vick after earning All-Tournament Team honors.  “Coach Rick Byrd came to our Fairview game.”

This season Belmont joined UT Martin in tracking the high-scoring guard from Camden, Tennessee.   The nearby Skyhawks of Martin offered him a scholarship Friday, September 12th.

“He has a verbal offer from Martin,” said Camden Head Coach Dave Roberts.  “He has had several other schools .  MTSU, Tennessee Tech, and Austin Peay are all schools that have showed some interest and/or came and watched him this year.”

Austin Peay sent Assistant Coach Jay Bowen, while TTU Assistant Jason Taylor dropped by.

Vick only took one visit this winter and it was indeed to Belmont.  He was a recruiting guest of the basketball program.  The coaching staff showed him around campus.

Middle Tennessee is talking.  Remember they have one verbal commitment in 2017 with guard Donovan Sims.  While Sims and Vick are very different players every program has capacities for each class.  The Blue Raiders are likely to take at least three players from Vick’s class.

The OVC schools are definitely the most aggressive in pursuit, but Vick’s eyes are open wide to all possibilities.

“I like the SEC,” said Vick.  “If I could gain weight and continue to improve my game, maybe I could get some of those offers.”

This is not to say the OVC is unappealing to him.  The Belmont evaluation is significant as is his campus visit.  You can often judge the seriousness of a recruitment by the actions of each side.  The Bruins have invested time in observing him and unofficially hosting him, while Vick has returned the favor by stopping by the regal campus.

Vick has the recognition and patience to be a college point guard.  He puts teammates in positions destined for success.  At this stage his scoring is much needed.  As he climbs the basketball ladder look for his assists per game to climb and field goal attempts to level off.  He is a very efficient scorer.

“He has a very high I.Q.,” said Coach Roberts.  “For a guy of his talent he really looks to get his teammates involved.  Very unselfish.  He is our leading scorer, but he is also our leading assist guy.  That highlights, not only how good he is at the pass, but how willing he is to get everybody else involved.”

This spring Vick will compete with EAB Select 17u.  Considering his location the amount of visibility for Hunter already speaks to his obvious potential.

“He came in a spot-up shooter,” said Coach Roberts after the win.  “I think he hit like 100 3’s as a freshman.  He has gotten taller.   He has worked on his body.  He has gotten a lot more explosive.  That is just a tidbit of what he has been doing this year, as far as taking the ball to the goal.”

And still he rises.

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