Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell Wednesday scored a major recruiting victory across the border in Georgia by landing a public commitment from 6-3 guard Chase Hunter of Atlanta. Brownell had to be out new Georgia coach Tom Crean for Hunter who has strong family ties to UGA.
Hunter’s father was former Georgia star receiver Brice Hunter who was killed in 2004. And his mother played basketball at Georgia. He made unofficial visits to Athens but his only official visit was to Clemson last weekend.
“It was a great choice,” he said. “It checked off all the boxes as far as everything with me. Fit my my style, the way that I play.”
Hunter said he liked what he saw on the visit in terms of facilities and academics, but he also saw a good fit for himself in Brownell’s style of basketball.
“They play a lot of pick and rolls and they get out and run, and that’s basically my game. I’m an athletic guard so I like to get out and run,” Hunter said.
Clemson loses its starting backcourt after the season and that influenced Hunter as he was considering his options. He also was attracted to the idea of playing in the ACC.
“The ACC is one of the best conferences,” he said. “They have probably a majority of the NBA players so that was definitely a positive for them.”
Hunter also had Oklahoma, Virginia and Michigan State on his short list.
Hunter averaged over 19 points per game last season. His commitment leaves Brownell with three more scholarships available for the 2019 class.