Indiana is trying to leverage their new assistant coach to make a late push for one of the top guards in the class of 2021.
Omaha, Nebraska based 5-star guard Hunter Sallis reported an offer from IU on Friday afternoon on his Twitter page.
Blessed to receive an offer from Indiana University! pic.twitter.com/doPCljQIu9
— Hunter Sallis (@HunterSallis_) August 28, 2020
New Hoosier assistant coach Kenya Hunter spent five seasons at Nebraska and he recruited Sallis both while there and when he left for Connecticut according to sources.
The competition is stiff for Sallis, who reported a top-12 earlier this week that included Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon, Creighton, Auburn, Iowa St., Alabama, Michigan, Louisville and UCLA. A source also indicated that UConn would have been part of Sallis’ top-12 if Hunter was still a coach there. Hunter and Sallis have a connection that goes back to the new IU assistant’s time at Nebraska.
Due to the pandemic, Sallis has not been to many of the schools on his list. According to a 247Sports report, he officially visited Gonzaga, Kansas and Nebraska during the season, and has taken unofficial visits to Creighton and Iowa St.
A 6-foot-4 combo guard, Sallis is the No. 19 player overall in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports Composite. That same service ranks Sallis as the No. 2 combo guard and the No. 1 player in Nebraska.
On film Sallis is an elite athlete with a quick first step. While he can score at all three levels, Sallis appears to be at his best around the basket, including in transition.
The Millard North High School product averaged 22.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior. Sallis shot 56 percent from the field overall, including 31 percent from behind the arc.
Millard North was the Class A runner-up in 2020. His head coach Tim Cannon gave this assessment of his star guard to the Journal Star:
“Hunter’s as competitive as any player I’ve coached. Any drill in practice where we’re keeping score, you see a little extra intensity from him; he doesn’t lose. He was really good during that stretch of games toward the end of the season where it seemed like we were playing a quality team every time out. He raises his level for the big games.”
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