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The Get Back: DeAndre Hunter Talks Leg Injury, Sitting Out Last Season, and More

Injuries have been apart of sports since we all can remember. Even low impact sports such as golf, swimming, and bowling can cause the slightest injury because of the stress you are putting on that muscle, tendon, or bone.

DeAndre, a 6-7 forward at Friends Central, knows what its like to suffer from a major injury and sit out the entire season. The rising junior broke his leg last October and sat on the sidelines watching his team compete in the Friends League without their best player.

While the summer is here and the AAU basketball circuit is in full effect, Hunter is back on the court ready to make an impact and put the injury in his past.

Zenith Hoops caught up with DeAndre to talk about his injury, sitting out last season, and what his plans were for the summer.

Rehab was actually really hard because I had to basically start from the beginning again. I am still at about 85% and rehabbing almost everyday. I still can’t jump as high or run as fast as I could.

1. DeAndre, you are coming off a leg injury that kept you out all of last season. Tell me what this experience was like and how does it feel now to be back on the court?

Being injured felt very terrible because I had to sit back and watch my high school team play without me. However, it feels great to be back playing again.

2. What was the rehab process like and do you feel as though you are 100% yet?

Rehab was actually really hard because I had to basically start from the beginning again. I am still at about 85% and rehabbing almost everyday. I still can’t jump as high or run as fast as I could.

3. Friends Central has been known to produce some high level players such as Hakim Warrick (Syracuse), Mustafa Shakur (Arizona), and Amile Jefferson (Duke). How do you plan on carrying on this great tradition and do you feel like there is pressure on you to fill their shoes?

I don’t feel any pressure at all. I just have to keep working very hard everyday so I can be better than those guys and continue my legacy.

4. You are a big forward who likes to take the outside shot and bang down low for boards playing with high energy and relentlessness. Tell what player do you admire the most and who do you try to model your game after?

Even though Melo is my favorite player, I try to model my game after Kevin Durant. I learn from his moves and try to incorporate them into my own game.

5. During the AAU season, you are playing with Philly Pride traveling around the country to play against high level competition. Tell me what it has been like playing for the program and do you feel as though you have been getting a lot of exposure.

Yes Definitely! Playing with a program like Philly Pride has made it a lot easier to get exposure because we are basically playing at the best tournaments where the best players are.

6. What are your goals for the summer and what part of your game are you looking to improve?

My goals are to play well this summer and to try to play the best that I can to put my team in a position to win. I mainly looking to improve my strength and conditioning this summer.

7. You have been getting contacted by quite of few schools this summer even though you are just coming off an injury. Which schools have been showing the most interest thus far?

I’ve been hearing a lot lately from Temple, Arkansas and North Carolina State.

Follow DeAndre on Twitter @Dr_Dre14

 




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