East Catholic’s Jaylin Hunter will continue his basketball career at Old Dominion, the senior guard announced Monday night.
Hunter, a 6-foot guard, led East Catholic to the Division I state championship and was named the Register/GameTimeCT Boys Basketball State Player of the Year last week.
“This has definitely been one of the toughest decisions of my life,” Hunter said on his Instagram account. “I couldn’t have done it without God, my family, close friends, teammates and various mentors. I want to especially thank my mom and dad and my coaches from East Catholic and Creighton Prep! That being said, I am excited to announce I’ll be attending Old Dominion University!”
— Jaylin Hunter (@_jaylinhunter12) April 23, 2019
Hunter attended Creighton Prep in Nebraska for the 2017-18 season and won a state championship there. He moved with his family to Bolton and enrolled at East Catholic. There, he averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the 27-1 Eagles.
He said he did not have any offers from Division I schools before the season, but putting up those numbers helped him set up an official visit to Old Dominion, a school that plays in Conference USA, April 12-14.
Then he visited Boston University last weekend. Hunter said he had interest from 15 other schools “from all different levels: but it came down to Old Dominion and BU.
“Having a school right on the beach was a plus for sure,” Hunter said Wednesday about ODU. “As the visit continued, I gained a relationship with each coach and I already feel like I can trust them to take care of me these next four years. … The BU visit was great and I saw myself fitting in there as well, but after talking with my family, they trusted that I would make the right decision and supported me to go to Old Dominion.”