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Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Eric Hunter Commits

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Coach Painter gets his third commit for 2018

NCAA Basketball: No.Carolina A&T at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve been teased about it all day and now we have some confirmation: Matt Painter has added the third member of his 2018 recruiting class with 6’3” guard Eric Hunter from Indianapolis Tindley high school.

Hunter was a state champion last season at the 2A level here in Indiana and has them favored to repeat this season. He is a 4-star recruit according to Rivals (and 126th nationally), a 4-star recruit according to ESPN, and a 4-star (and 136th nationally) according to 247 and Scout. Hunter has long been a Purdue target as a scoring 2-guard and he can play the point as well in a pinch. He was originally supposed to visit Minnesota, but cancelled his visit before his announcement tonight.

Here are some highlights:

Finally, a look at our scholarship grid:

Purdue Basketball Scholarship Grid

Player ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21) ('21-'22)
Player ('17-'18) ('18-'19) ('19-'20) ('20-'21) ('21-'22)
Vince Edwards Senior
Dakota Mathias Senior
Isaac Haas Senior
P.J. Thompson Senior
Jacquil Taylor RS Junior RS Senior
Ryan Cline Junior Senior
Carsen Edwards Sophomore Junior Senior
Eden Ewing Junior Senior
Matt Haarms RS Freshman RS Soph. RS Junior RS Senior
Aaron Wheeler Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Nojel Eastern Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Sasha Stefanovic Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Trevion Williams Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Emmanuel Dowuona Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Eric Hunter Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Scholarships Used 12 11 8 7 3
Scholarships Left 1 2 5 6 10

This is a good pickup because Hunter has long been a priority for Painter in this class. We still have a couple of spots open, and Painter would like to add a true point guard. With two spots he can get one, too.