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  • Name: Othello Hunter
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-8 (2.03m)
  • Weight: 225 (102kg)
  • College Team: Ohio State Buckeyeys
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Birthdate: 5/28/1986
  • Drafted: Automatically eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but was not drafted by an NBA franchise.
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Strengths:
Hunter is a great athlete with quickness and leaping ability … Thanks to his length, he could add a good amount of weight to his body without sacrificing athleticism … Despite his average size as a power forward, his long arms allow him to play bigger than he is … Understands the value of keeping the ball high in the paint … This really helps him on put-backs, as defenders don’t get much recovery time to defend … From a mobility standpoint, Hunter runs the floor extremely well … Defensively, he provides a solid shot blocking presence with his wingspan and quickness … A great help defender, as his lateral movement enables him to rotate over … Active guy who plays the game with great energy … Understands what his strengths are on the court and rarely exceeds them … Has shown the ability to hit the 16 foot jumper from mid-range in spot up opportunities … Solid out of position rebounder thanks to his length and athleticism … Owns a good pair of strong hands capable of holding rebounds without getting them stripped by opposing defenders … A good finisher around the basket where his leaping ability allows him to finish with some flair … Hustler who has no problem doing the dirty work … It's been reported that Hunter has only played organized ball since his senior year of high school, so he has plenty of room for growth and doesn’t have a lot of bad habits that could hold him back …

Weaknesses: Offensively, he still has a ways to go before his back to the basket skills are fully developed … Doesn’t have soft touch around the basket, nor does he have the softest hands - it’s not uncommon for him to bobble passes from time to time … Lack of body strength prevents him from being able to establish position consistently without getting pushed off … Because of this, Hunter tends to get lost where he is in relation to the basket, which often results in him overshooting the ball … Poor free throw shooter … Not the best rebounder in position as he is prone to getting boxed out, but to his credit he is improving … Feel for the game is questionable, although he began show quality signs of improvement during the course of the season … While not a terrible post passer his court vision limits him from being able to see the floor well … Post footwork is choppy and remains a work in progress as he lacks balance at times when executing his moves … Lack of upper body strength prevents him from finishing after contact occurs … To compound matters, Hunter’s lack of aggressiveness prevents him from creating fouls on opposing defenders … When defending in the post he struggles to match the physicality of opposing defenders … Some of this will clearly be alleviated with more game experience … Timing when blocking shots is off as he is prone to biting on fakes … Will be a project for the team that drafts him …

Matthew Maurer
- 6/24/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2004-05 Hillsborough C.C.

25

53.4

33.3

59.5

0.8

N/A

5.8

0.4

8.8

2005-06 Hillsborough C.C.

22

46.5

22.7

61.0

0.8

N/A

11.4

1.2

16.8

2006-07 Ohio St.

39

56.0

40.0

68.3

0.4

1.1

4.5

0.3

5.7

2007-08 Ohio St.

37

59.6

25.0

54.5

0.6

1.5

6.5

0.8

9.9

DIV I Totals

76

57.8

32.7

61.6

0.5

1.3

5.5

0.5

7.7

Comments   

0 #1 PHIL 4:13 2008-05-12 12:42
THIS GUY IS A MORE ATHLETIC MILLSAP, A TALLER CRAIG SMITH, A YOUNGER MAXIEL OR CARL LANDRY B4 HIS KNEE INJURY..THE FACT THAT HE COMES FROM A GOOD FAMILY PLUS THE FACT THAT HE HAS ONLY BEEN PLAYING BALL FOR 4YRS..THIS YOUNG FELLA HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE IN THE LEAGUE..
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