Purdue lands another of its top 2018 targets: Eric Hunter

Brian Neubert, GoldandBlack.com staff
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Analysis ($): Eric Hunter's commitment

Purdue has landed another of its top 2018 targets:Eric Hunter.

The top-100-ranked guard from reigning state champion Indianapolis Tindley gave Purdue its third Class of 2018 recruit Monday, committing to the Boilermakers following an official visit earlier in the month, then another unofficial visit Saturday.

"It was the family environment there," Hunter said. "They took me in immediately when I was on my official visit. And the fact that they're losing a lot, so I think I can come right in and play."

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound four-star guard chose Purdue over offers from Xavier, Ohio State, Minnesota, Butler, Nebraska and others. He wound up taking only an official to Ohio State before choosing the Boilermakers. He canceled a planned weekend trip to Minneapolis.

Hunter said he knew last week that it would be Purdue.

"They said there's a chance to play right, but of course I'd have to earn that and continue to work," Hunter said. "They see me as a combo guard, but I'd be playing a lot of point, though ... but they'd be wanting me to score."

Hunter joins big men Trevion Williams and Emmanuel Dowuona as Purdue's three commitments toward its 2018 class.

He's ranked No. 126 nationally by Rivals.com.

As a junior, Hunter averaged 25 points, seven rebounds and about four assists in leading Tindley to the Class A state title.

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