By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Prep basketball star Sammy Hunter has received his first high major offer from an elite Division I programme.
The 6’9” player in the class of 2019 was made the offer by the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks finished 23-12 last season and were eliminated in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed to the No. 10 seeded Butler Bulldogs 79-62.
It was their third NCAA Tournament trip in the last four seasons.
Hunter’s summer recruitment continues to accelerate following his performances against elite Division I competition at the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder.
Hunter finished with 19 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame and followed with 18 points and five rebounds against North Carolina.
Hunter previously fielded Division I offers from the Santa Clara, San Francisco, Chicago State, Colorado State, Fresno State and Pacific.
He recently made his senior men’s national team debut in July at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Hunter was also a member of the 2016 CBC U16 Championship team when he averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and the 2017 Centrobasket U17 Championship team when he averaged 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
A former student at St John’s College, Hunter is currently enrolled at British Columbia Christian Prep in Canada.
He was also a participant at the Basketball Without Borders Americas Camp hosted in the Bahamas in 2017.
“I gained valuable experience playing on the national team the last few years. The exposure of playing against the top players from other countries has also helped my game, which has grown a lot skill-wise since I moved to Canada,” Hunter said, “The Summer of Thunder is great for the local players as well because we get to go up against some of the best teams in the NCAA and we get to measure our skills against them to see where we’re at.”