Brandon Hunter

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Brandon Hunter
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Personal information
Born (1980-11-24) November 24, 1980 (age 34)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Withrow (Cincinnati, Ohio)
College Ohio (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 2003–2014
Position Power forward
Career history
2003–2004 Boston Celtics
2004–2005 Orlando Magic
2005-2006 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
2006–2007 Panathinaikos (Greece)
2007–2008 Carpisa Napoli (Italy)
2008 TDShop.it Livorno (Italy)
2008–2009 Angelico Biella (Italy)
2009–2010 Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
2010–2011 Premiata Montegranaro (Italy)
2011 Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
2011–2012 Aliağa Petkim (Turkey)
2012–2013 Ventspils (Latvia)
2013 BBC Bayreuth (Germany)
2013 Hapoel Gilboa Galil (Israel)
2013 Entente Orléanaise (France)
ALM Évreux Basket (France)
Club Atlético Aguada (Uruguay)

Brandon Hunter (born November 24, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Club Atlético Aguada in Uruguay. Most of his career he has been a journeyman player.

High School[edit]

Hunter attended Withrow high school in Cincinnati Ohio. Hunter played junior varsity as a sophomore. But his junior year was his breakout year. He had grown to 6-6 and bulked up to 225. He averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading Withrow to a regional championship. The Tigers lost in the state semifinals to Lakewood St. Edward's, a team led by UC's Steve Logan.

Hunter signed with OU before his senior year. Waiting would have meant a chance to get signed by a big-name school. In his senior season he averaged 9.5 points, 15 rebounds, 4.5 assists a game. He led Withrow to the Division I Sweet 16. The best was to come that summer. Hunter led the Ohio team to the title in Wendy's Classic, an all-star tourney with teams from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. He won MVP honours at the Classic.

Ohio[edit]

During his freshman college season for the Ohio Bobcats he was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. He ranked third on team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and scored a season-high 24 points in overtime victory vs. Central Michigan. His great talent continued into his sophomore year in college, He averaged 18.1 points and 9.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He finished in the top five in the MAC in scoring (18.1 ppg), rebounding (9.4 rpg, 23rd in nation) and field goal percentage (51.7%). Led his team in minutes (32.9 mpg). Ranked second in the conference in double-doubles. Topped 20 points on 13 occasions. Scored a career-high 37 points at Duquesne. Set MAC Tournament record with 32 free throw attempts in three games. Named to MAC All-Tournament Team. Captured a season-high 19 rebounds vs. Miami .As a sophomore he was runner-up Player of the Year [1]

After his Junior year at Ohio he originally an early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration, he was not a sure first-round selection. But the experience left him certain he could play in the NBA.He averaged 17.3 in scoring and 9.1 in rebounding a game.

As a college senior for the Ohio Bobcats, the power forward averaged 21.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals. He led the NCAA in rebounding. He joined the exclusive 2,000 point, 1,000 rebound club, joining NBA players Gary Trent and Ron Harper as the only Mid-American Conference players to achieve this honour. Had 11 straight "double-doubles" in points and rebounds. Was the MAC Player of the Week four times.Three-time First Team All-Mid-American Conference selection, joining former Bobcat Gary Trent (Minnesota Timberwolves) as the only players in school history with that distinction. He led the nation in double-doubles through regular-season play with 23 and added one more in the MAC Tournament for a total of 24. Hunter finished his career as Ohio's all-time leader in rebounds, breaking Trent’s career mark (of 1,050 rebounds) with 1,103 , free throws (561) and free throw attempts (923) while ranking fourth in scoring.

NBA Draft and 2003 Summer League[edit]

After his college basketball career with the Ohio Bobcats, He was selected as a second round draft choice (56th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2003 NBA Draft.Hunter chose No. 56 as a reminder of where he was selected in last spring's draft, how far he has come and how far he must go. Hunter is the first second-rounder signed by Boston in seven years.

During his first Summer with the Celtics he played in the Reebok Pro Summer League wearing number 54. During the summer league Hunter played against 18 year old superstar Lebron James, he managed 19 minutes and 13 points. During the tournament he averaged 16.3 points a game, 5th overall (before Lebron James- 6th), 66.7 percent from the field. Hunter led the Celtics squad in rebounding, achieving three straight double-doubles and minutes played (32.8 mpg) and was second on the team in scoring. [2] He also averaged 8.2 rebounds, 3rd overall (before Udonis Haslem 4th and Lebron James 5th). After tearing up the league he was awarded by being named on the 2003 reebok summer league first team, along with Devin Brown of the San Antonio Spurs and danny marshall of the New Jersey Nets.

NBA[edit]

He debuted into the NBA on January 9, 2004 wearing the jersey number 56. He played 36 games for the Celtics, averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his rookie season. He played in 3 of the 4 games in the 2003-2004 NBA Playoffs vs the Pacers. On June 22, 2004 he was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA Expansion Draft. He played preseason games against the Washington Wizards, Portland Trailblazers and The New Jersey Nets (now known as the Brooklyn Nets). On November 1, 2004.

Hunter was traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Keith Bogans . In Orlando he averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 31 contests wearing the number 34 jersey. He was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks before the 2005-06 season,In Milwaukee he played two pre-season games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago bulls [3] but he was then waived. [4]

He was also signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006. During his short time in Cleveland he played in the 2006 Toshiba summer league, but was later waived.[5] During the summer of 2007 Brandon played for the New Jersey Nets in the Pepsi Pro summer league.

Overseas[edit]

Hunter has played overseas in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Germany, Uruguay, Israel, and France.

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 euroleague MVP Game 1 of the new round
  • 2010 euroleague the regular season Week 5 MVP
  • 2003 Boston Pro Summer League First Team
  • 2003 MAC Player Of The Week (4 times)
  • 2002-03 All-Mid-American Conference First Team
  • 2002-03 NCAA Rebounding Leader (12.6)
  • 2001-02 All-Mid-American Conference First Team
  • 2000-01 All-Mid-American Conference First Team
  • 2000-01 MAC All-Tournament Team
  • 1999-00 MAC All-Freshman Team

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ohiobobcats.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/052104aaa.html
  2. ^ http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/hunter_030728.html
  3. ^ http://www.nba.com/transactions/player_movement_2005.html
  4. ^ Sports briefs Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Oct 24, 2005
  5. ^ WASHINGTON 93, CLEVELAND 89

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