It's good to be a left handed guard for Butler these days. The Bulldogs began the season with plenty of veteran firepower on the roster, but it's freshman Kamar Baldwin that has stolen the show. Baldwin has been the best player on the roster in Big East play, averaging 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. He's shooting 54% from 2-point range, 50% from 3-point range, and 94% from the charity stripe.
It's clear Butler's future is bright with this lefty set to operate in the backcourt for the next 4 years. But will he be the only one? Not if things go well on the recruiting trail. Butler has their eyes set on Eric Hunter, another left handed combo guard in the class of 2018. The 6'3" junior guard is averaging 26.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 steal per game for Tindley High School in Indianapolis. He's shooting 59% from inside the arc and 51% from behind it.
Hunter describes himself as a playmaker who can score whenever he needs to and says he can bring versatility and scoring at all three levels on the court. I got to see him play on Thursday, and there is no doubt he can score. He had 29 points on 9-14 shooting. Even more impressive than his scoring was his poise and leadership. In a frantic-paced game, Hunter consistently made good decisions, moved the ball well, and rarely turned it over. He controlled the offense and was able to put up 29 points without dominating the ball. Hunter looked every bit like an elite point guard.
It's still early for Hunter, who says he doesn't plan to narrow things down until after this summer, but all signs indicate Butler is in excellent position. He's already been to four Butler games this season, all resume building Bulldog victories (Villanova, Xavier, Northwestern, and Cincinnati). Living only 10 minutes off campus certainly plays a huge role, but Hunter says part of the reason he has been on campus so often is to help build a relationship with the current players and coaches.
The close proximity is certainly an advantage for Butler, but location won't be a huge factor for Hunter. He claims to have a great relationship with Coach Holtmann and Coach Pedon and believes he would fit perfectly into Butler's system. In addition to the coaching staff, Hunter also has a good relationship with several of the current players, including Tyler Wideman, Sean McDermott, and Joey Brunk.
In addition to Butler, Eric Hunter is being recruiting by Purdue, Michigan, Creighton, Nebraska, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Xavier. The Tindley guard is ranked 78th in the country by Rivals.com and 86th in the country by Scout.com. If he keeps trending up in those rankings he could very well become the highest ranked recruit to ever attend Butler University. That is certainly jumping the gun quite a bit, but he does look pretty darn good in a Butler uniform.