NC State basketball lands NC A&T transfer Sam Hunt

Keatts adds more depth at guard position with grad transfer for 2017 season

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Sam Hunt (2) sets up to shoot a free throw. Hunt will transfer to NC State this summer and be immediately eligible to play in the 2017-18 season.

RALEIGH — Kevin Keatts continued to add to his first roster at NC State with the addition of former North Carolina A&T guard Sam Hunt on Saturday afternoon.Hunt, a rising senior, is a graduate transfer and can play right away for the Wolfpack. Over his final two seasons with the Aggies, Hunt was the leading scorer with 15.4 points per game as a junior and 12.7 as a senior.While Hunt was the clear star for the Aggies, the team was headed in the wrong direction after a 3-29 campaign in 2016-17. Given a chance with a new head coach and a new program — regardless of his role — was too tempting for the Greensboro native.”We talked about how it was all new,” Hunt told James Henderson of Pack Pride. “They said I had a chance to start from scratch there with a new team, new environment. I could be a part of that and be a player that could maybe help them win games and win the conference.”What Hunt offers NC State is another outside shooter to compliment Torin Dorn, Markell Johnson, Lavar Batts and fellow transfer Al Freeman. Keatts likes to play a guard-heavy lineup around a big and set a school record for 3-pointers last season with UNCW.Apart from just the depth Hunt brings to NC State, he also offers an emergency option if Terry Henderson doesn’t return. Henderson is still awaiting word on whether he’ll be granted a medical redshirt for his junior season where he played only seven total minutes after transferring from West Virginia.Given the corps officially coming back Hunt knows he has a chance to carve out a role in the backcourt.”Well, coach Keatts isn’t the type to promise playing time,” Hunt said. “I know they have a great group of guys coming in with Al Freeman and my little brother, Lavar Batts. I know the big kid is coming back, [Abdul-Malik] Abu, and with the guys coming in I’d have a chance to compete for playing time and minutes. It would be a great situation.”