With NBA training camp just weeks away, it's officially that time of year when teams look to put the finishing touches on their rosters by taking a chance on a potential diamond in the rough or two.
There are plenty of worthy enough young guns hungry for such an opportunity, and Kyle Hunt just happens to be one of them. Lucky for him, he just may have the talent to back it up.
Hunt finished off this past season by averaging a near double-double (and not to mention, 2.1 blocks) with 18.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest for Club Atletico Olimpia Montevideo in Uruguay. Having returned home to New York City this summer, the 6'10", 225 pounder aimed to begin putting in the work necessary to catch the eyes of NBA executives.
This offseason, Hunt has participated in multiple private workouts, and a source tells RidiculousUpside.com that there are even more on the horizon. Though the big man is set to be eligible for this coming fall's NBA D-League Draft, he's hoping for an invite to NBA training camp first.
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There's no doubt Hunt has an intriguing skill-set. As demonstrated at Nike ProCity at Baruch College this summer (where he participated for the second straight year), he has the ability to do many things unique for a player his size.
Able to put the ball down on the floor with ease, Hunt can dribble his way around opponents as he works his way to the basket. What's more, he's not afraid to let it rain beyond the arc as well. He can knock down long bombs with the best of them, certainly setting himself apart from other players at his position.
When considering how Hunt's abilities may translate to the professional game, it's easy to understand how he could potentially fit in. The big man stands to serve as a stretch-four, or even a point-forward of sorts. He's that versatile.
With more teams opting to play small-ball while utilizing a run and gun offense, there's no doubt there are more pros than cons to giving Hunt a shot. He's the type of intriguing prospect NBA teams will want to keep an eye on. Bringing him into training camp (and/or perhaps carrying him over to their NBADL affiliate afterwards, too) could undoubtedly pay dividends sooner rather than later as Hunt continues to progress.