WKU looking to keep Bahamas pipeline open with recruitment of Sammy Hunter

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The Western Kentucky basketball program is hoping to keep the Bahamian pipeline open with the recruitment of forward Samuel Hunter.

Hunter is a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward about to start his senior year at British Columbia Christian Academy in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. His recruitment has picked up in recent weeks thanks to his performances during the summer’s amateur circuit which included games in his native Bahamas.

Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas State, Colorado State and Saint Mary’s are just a few of the programs who have expressed interest in Hunter.



“He’s got a number of schools that are showing up here in the next week or so,” BC Christian coach Doug Dowell told WBKO.com. “If the right fit shows up I’m sure he’ll jump on it right away – no kid I think really wants it hanging over their head their whole senior year. Sammy’s like that – I think he’d sign if the right offer and the right school popped up. I guess that’s what the process is right now is to try to work through those and see exactly where he fits.”

Hunter is originally from Nassau, Bahamas, the same hometown as former WKU center Dwight Coleby. Hunter recently participated in the Bahamas Basketball Federation Summer of Thunder in Nassau and had four points and a rebound in 1:34 against Kentucky, 21 points and eight rebounds against Notre Dame, 18 points and five rebounds against North Carolina and 16 points and six rebounds against Grand Canyon.

Dowell said Hunter has a 7-foot-2 wingspan.

“Sammy’s a tremendously talented kid with tremendous footwork for a kid his size,” Dowell said. “If he works on his footwork and foot speed he could easily play the perimeter because he shoots the ball very, very well for a kid his size.”

According to tribune242.com, Hunter played with the Bahamas national team at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, was a member of the 2016 CBC U16 championship team and the 2017 Centrobasket U17 championship team.

Hunter was also a participant at the Basketball Without Borders Americas Camp hosted in the Bahamas in 2017.

— Follow WBKO sportswriter Chad Bishop on Twitter @MrChadBishop