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Five-star junior Hunter Sallis talks his recruitment, new schools in the mix

August 5, 2020

This past season, I can’t name ten more players who watched their stock rise more than Omaha native Hunter Sallis. As far as our premier players nowadays, Sallis is definitely one of those guys. The 6-foot-5 guard has a very solid skill set. An elite athlete with major upside and an explosive offensive game.

For that reason, he is currently being pursued by nearly 20+ programs and tells that he will cut that down into a list ‘sooner than later’

“Really the blue blood programs that have recruited me are still involved. The schools around the area like Creighton, Nebraska, Iowa State, Then Florida, Alabama, Oregon, Louisville, UConn, and more,” Sallis said on who’s involved.

When we spoke to Sallis this winter, his plan was to try and commit this fall. 

But, that might not be so realistic anymore. Like everyone else, Sallis is taking his visits virtually and meeting with coaches virtually as well. His plan prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was to take his campus visits and then cut down and make his choice, now he will continue his zoom calls and likely push his timeline back.

“I've had zooms with Kansas, UNC, Iowa State, Oregon, Alabama, Creighton, and Arkansas.”

As far as his timeline goes though, he says he’s unsure due to deadlines on in-person visits: “I plan on trying to wait to see if I can take visits because I really want to get a feel for the campus in person before I commit somewhere so that’s why I’ve been waiting so long.”

Since there’s no list cut, he hasn’t stopped new programs from getting involved in his recruitment.

Sallis said that he’s recently been in contact with Kentucky. He has yet to speak with head coach John Calipari, but, he says that he’s been talking with an assistant and they said they would love to watch more of him in-person. They’ve been watching his film and looking at games online. As far as his recruitment remains open, could see if UK bolsters more interest.

Currently ranked anywhere in the Top-15 on all recruiting outlets, I grade Sallis as a primetime player, someone who could comfortably enter any top-ten ranking.

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