By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky got the highest ranked recruit that coach Matthew Mitchell has ever landed when 6-2 wing Treasure Hunt of Chattanooga — the 10-rated player in the 2020 recruiting class in one recruiting list — signed with the Cats last week. She picked UK over Baylor, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Auburn.
Last year Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard was the consensus national freshman of the year but Hunt is rated higher than her in high school.
Hunt’s mother, Keisha Hunt, is her coach at Hamilton Heights and coached both her daughter and Howard in travel ball.
I wondered how much Howard’s relationship with Hunt helped Kentucky beat out so many national powers to sign her.
“I think with Treasure and Rhyne, I definitely think that them growing up together and playing a lot of basketball together and that bond certainly didn’t hurt us,” Mitchell said. “That made her probably look at us maybe a little bit harder than she would have, but I think it was just our overall atmosphere here.
“She felt really comfortable and she has tremendous, tremendous upside as a player and so we’re excited about her.”
Treasure Hunt told the Chattanooga.com that she was “excited to play with my old teammate” at Kentucky.
Hunt averaged 19.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game against a difficult national schedule last year.