Q/A with 2022 Top-50 Joseph Hunter Jr.
Tell me about where you grew up.
I’m from Madera, CA. It’s a small city in the Central Valley. It’s a city where there’s a lot of talent that come from the city but it just never gets out because of people lose focus or get in wrong crowd.
Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?
Basketball actually wasn’t always something in my household. I originally started playing because of my older cousin. She played hoop and was nice, she used to come from practice and play me in front of the neighbors everyday and kill me. She’d be crossing me blocking me and everything. Then eventually I told her I was gonna be better than her and I started going to her practices and it started from there. Her coach (My Godfather now) was the first to put the ball in my hands
When did you start taking the sport seriously?
I started playing when I was in 3rd grade. I’d say I took it serious when I was in 5th grade when I knew I could take it somewhere and I was practicing with my local HS team.
Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?
Chris Jeffries/ Cousin- he played in college and the league. Trevion Greene/ Corner at BYU. Germain/ currently plays overseas.
Describe your game in a sentence or two.
I would describe my game as next level. I say this because now most people don’t actually try to read the game, everything is about buckets. I can change the game in many ways. Whether it’s scoring, defense, rebounding and even being that leader.
What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?
Basketball means so much to me because it’s helped me get through a lot. It showed that this 8lbs object can take me all over the words and make a living for my family and get them out the position they’re in. For example, I’m nowhere near where I want to be and basketball has already took me practically around the world.
How do you feel about your current ranking?
I don’t really look at rankings at all. I tend to stay away from things like that because it’s just a person’s opinion, whether you're number 1 or 100 your gonna have to get on the court and show it. Also a lot of people let things like that get to their head or affect them. That’s why i stay away from it and just try to be the best I can.
Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?
As of right now: Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, USC-- that I’m offered from.
What schools reach out to you the most?
Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, USC, and Ole Miss
During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?
Yes it makes a huge difference when the head coach is calling and texting because you know it’s him talking, he’s not going through anyone, he made an effort to call and talk to you. You really can’t ask for more if the head coach is constantly calling because it also shows how much you're the priority in the program and to them.
What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?
I would say build a constant relationship with me and my dukes because I want them to know completely about me and mom and also for us to feel comfortable with the coach and the program.
Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?
I do. Demetrius Porter and he shared just about my game and to go somewhere where it will be best for my game and my transition to the league rather than a hype school.
What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?
I would also share basically go where the most love is being shown and also make sure it’s best for your game because at the end of day. I’m pretty sure you wanna go to the league but you have to make decisions that are best for you and no one else but you.
What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially or virtually?
I started getting a lot of my O’s during COVID so I really haven’t went on any visits. Virtual visits with Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?
Yes, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan, Gonzaga, Oregon, Texas Tech, and Washington.
Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.
UNC- always been a dream school, LSU, Alabama, Missouri, Texas, Kentucky, Duke.
Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?
Most def, I definitely wanna play with a top player and players especially ones I know.
Did you have a dream school growing up?
UNC and Kentucky. They were my dream schools because I seen the pros the make and also the great coaches they have.