On the list of recognizable names on Ohio States roster last season, Othello Hunter
s was a long ways away from the top. This of course is very understandable when you look at the fact that Hunter was teammates with the likes of Greg Oden
and Mike Conley Jr
., amongst others. You can also look at the fact that the former honorable mention NJCAA All-American only averaged 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.4 minutes of playing time last year. Those numbers however dont do justice to the type of player Hunter is. His numbers last season averaged over the course of a 40 minute game would come out to 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds, numbers that would catch the eye of even a casual fan.
At just 68 and 225 pounds Hunter is clearly undersized to play in the post at the pro level like he does at Ohio State. His athleticism and length, though, are off the charts, and will clearly make his transition easier. Blessed with speed, strength and remarkable leaping ability, Hunter is the total package physically that you would want out of a player of his build. He has a great frame capable of adding more muscle, and he reportedly has a wingspan measuring 72, which helps him in multiple facets of the game.
Hunter registered just seven double digit scoring performances last season; partly due to the fact that he didnt play a tremendous amount and also that he wasnt a main focus of the Buckeye offensive attack. He got the majority of his points last season on sheer hustle. In the less than 20 minutes of playing time Hunter saw each game, he pulled down over 2 offensive rebounds per game, an excellent number. He manages to grab plenty of boards that he has no business getting thanks to his tremendous athleticism and length and the fact that he never quits on a play. There were plenty of instances throughout the season that Hunter would tap a ball up in the air multiple times before coming down with it in a crowd.
The rest of Hunters offense is a medley of things. He was the beneficiary of plenty of good looks near the basket from teammates, especially Mike Conley Jr
. Hunter showed decent touch around the rim when he had good position. His post up game though leaves a lot to be desired from a player of his physical capabilities. He does a good job establishing position, but once he has the ball everything is rushed. He fades away too often and usually isnt squared up on his shot attempts. Hunter has shown some signs of a potentially nice drop step, but again, he needs to slow himself down once he gets the basketball. Skill-wise, it wouldnt be a stretch to say that hes a very limited player.
In the open floor, Hunter makes for a dynamic finish in transition. He has great open floor speed for a bigger player, and has shown the ability to catch a pass and throw it down in a matter of two steps when in full sprint. Hunter isnt much of a threat outside the paint. He rarely will put the ball on the floor, and his mid-range shot is awkward in that he has a tendency to fade to either side as he jumps.
Defensively, Hunter has a tremendous amount of potential on the block. He is a fairly strong player who holds his ground well, but also is quick enough to stay ahead of his man when he makes a move to the basket. His athleticism allows him to be effective in guarding bigger players down low, and he does a fantastic job not allowing opponents to create space when making a move to the basket. Hunter has shown a knack for blocking shots, averaging over 1 block a game last year in his limited playing time. His timing is a little off sometimes, but he is able to get away with it because of his length and leaping ability.
Hunter is the picture perfect example of a raw physical specimen who needs all sorts of polish. Physically he can hang with just about any player in the country, but his skills need a lot of developing. Its probably not going to all come in one year, but much like a player he resembles in Solomon Jones
, just dropping glimpses of potential on a consistent basis could be enough to get him drafted.