Hunter Continues Development in Summer League

By Chris Lauderback on July 22, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Showing the hunger you'd expect from an undrafted free agent, former Buckeye Othello Hunter continues to impress in the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league in Salt Lake City.

Playing for the Atlanta Hawks, Hunter recorded 11 points (5/5 FG) and 6 rebounds in the first game including the highlight of the day according to Draft Express. Showcasing his versatility, Hunter got a help side block, led the break up court and finished the play with a give and go alley oop in Atlanta's 89-74 win.

On Saturday, Hunter had his best overall performance leading all scorers with 19 points (8/13 FG) to go along with 8 boards, 4 steals and 3 assists in Atlanta's 72-63 win over Kosta Koufos and the Utah Jazz.

Yesterday, Hunter came up big again leading the Hawks with 13 points (6/9 FG) in a 74-70 win over some D-Leaguers. Othello also notched 5 boards and 3 assists however his 5 fouls illustrated his struggles to guard bigger power forwards in the post. With all the eyes he's opening offensively, it's clear to scouts that he needs to put on weight if he's going to have a shot to stick in the league at some point.

All in all, Hunter has to pleased with the run he's getting as even HoopsWorld is calling him the best player to go undrafted.

As for Koufos, the summer revue started as rocky as the mountains overlooking the court. He managed just 5 points and 4 rebounds in his foul plagued 14 minute debut picking up 3 fouls in a little over 4 minutes of playing time. To his credit, he bounced back with a 12 point, 10 rebound effort against Hunter's Hawks on Saturday but stumbled a bit on Monday with just 4 points (2/7 FG) and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes against the Iranian National Team.

Hunter and Koufos will both be in action later today, Thursday (versus each other) and Friday to wrap things up.