As far as Betina Hunt is concerned, it was a foregone conclusion that her son, Andrew Hunt, Jr., would ultimately have a future in basketball.
After all, not only was Betina Hunt’s father once an accomplished high school hoops coach, but she was a fixture as part of an intramural basketball squad during her college days in the mid-1990s.
“Coming from a sports family, it was a given that he would be an athlete,” Betina Hunt told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “I played middle and high school basketball as well.”
To Andrew Hunt’s credit, he essentially has since followed in the footsteps of his mother, considering he managed to make his presence felt in various gymnasiums throughout the basketball-crazed Bluff City.
A 6-foot-1 swingman, Andrew Hunt is a few weeks removed from having completed a prep basketball career for The Soulsville Charter School in South Memphis.
Coached by former University of Memphis standout and Memphis Grizzlies guard Antonio Burks, Andrew Hunt, Jr. was a key contributor for a Soulsville team that faced arguably some of the best teams in the Shelby-Metro area.
“Andrew is a very hardworking player,” Burks said. “He comes to practices every day and worked hard. He is a leader and team player.”
Add to the fact that this speedy, 17-year-old athlete — who according to Burks, whose skills had drawn comparisons to former NBA player Dennis Rodman — was deemed one of the gustiest players on the team by coaches, and it’s no wonder that even after a year in which he played sparingly, he hasn’t ruled out hope of playing at the collegiate level.
In fact, according to Andrew Hunt, Jr. he admittedly is destined to do whatever it takes to suit up in a college basketball uniform.
“Playing college ball is a dream for me because I always wanted to get a free education at a college or university and use my talent and hard work to excel on the court,” Andrew Hunt, Jr. said. “I love the college game because every game looks like an NBA playoff game with the national media coverage, overly excited fans, the inner anxiety, and the support of my friends and family.”
If things ultimately stack up favorably in the coming months for Andrew Hunt, Jr. — an honor student who has several offers to enroll in college on an academic scholarship — the possibility exists that he could very well made good on his lofty ambition of playing college basketball.
His itinerary, in fact, appears to full, considering he has several scheduled basketball clinics to attend as well as an appearance at the Maximum Exposure Basketball camp in Nashville.
In addition, Andrew Hunt, Jr. will partake in the popular Maximum Exposure Basketball camp in Atlanta in early May and June and is scheduled to play in an All-Star Celebrity Basketball Game in Memphis that will be sanctioned by the Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis.
After making appearances at camps at Arkansas Tech in late May and a two-day camp in Clarksdale, Mississippi in late June, Andrew Hunt will earn his much-anticipated diploma from Soulsville on May 21.
Given his immense track record on the local and regional basketball circuits, he’s convinced the possibility exists that he will be afforded the opportunity to extend his basketball career beyond high school — something about which his mother had sensed would happen when he first picked up a basketball.
“He began playing basketball in the second grade,” Betina Hunt said. “My immediate reaction for my son was excitement. He has the opportunity to use basketball as a tool to get a college education as well as do what he has grown to love. Basketball is an investment for his future endeavors for being a sports broadcaster/sportswriter. Being an athlete gives him an advantage for his career.”
Said Andrew Hunt, Jr.: “I am hungry and excited to get to the next level, to accomplish my personal goals, and to fulfill the aspirations of the (college) coaches and the program.”
Chances are the local sports landscape hasn’t heard the last of this kid.
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to email@example.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.