January 25, 2011

Grant offers 2012 Georgia star

With a strong 2011 class nearly complete, Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant is looking to assemble another strong group for the 2012 recruiting class. Recently, Grant reached out to an up and coming Georgia prospect to extend an early offer and the move seems to have made a strong impression. College Park (GA) North Clayton star Marcus Hunt is averaging 28 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists per game with his high school squad and is a member of the Rivals150 for 2012. Hunt said he received word of his new offer from Grant and the Crimson Tide this week.

"I just found out today that Alabama has offered me," Hunt said. "They had wanted to do it a few weeks ago but the snow storm kept me from being able to visit. I did get to watch their win over Auburn on TV this weekend and I know they are doing really well in the SEC so far. I have a really good relationship with the coaches there and Alabama has definitely made a connection with me early on here."

"I'm hoping to watch a lot more of them the rest of this season but from what I've seen, I know they really like to keep the pace fast. They play great defense and they always keep the intensity up. I think that fits my style of play really well and it looks like a style of basketball I'd really love to play in."

Hunt, 6-foot-6, 214 pounds, has earned a handful of offers, including Nebraska, Miami and East Carolina among others, but has earned attention from a number of other high profile programs around the nation.

"Most of the coaches I talk to seem to say that it's my size and my ball handling skills that they like the most about me but I've really improved my shooting and my defense over the last year. I'm trying to make myself a more diverse player, somebody who can play several different positions and do a little bit of everything."

While Hunt isn't eager to make any early moves in the recruiting process, the Crimson Tide have made a strong early impression.

"It's really early and there are a lot of other schools who are talking to me that haven't offered yet, like Missouri, Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Early on though, I'd say Alabama is definitely one of my favorites. I love what they do on the floor and I think Coach Grant is a great guy and a great motivator."

Hunt is rated the nation's No. 33 small forward prospect for the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com.

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