Hunter Harper

This week's Athlete of the Week is Lee-Scott senior Hunter Harper, who plays shooting guard in basketball. He also plays football and baseball for the Warriors. 

The Auburn Villager: When did you start playing basketball and what drew you to it?

Hunter Harper: I came here in seventh grade, and I really didn't get to start until ninth grade. I always was one of the worst ones, but I just kept working at it. We were very young my 10th-grade year, so I got to start all the way from 10th through 12th grade. What drew me to it was it was just a good team sport, fun to play and be with my friends. 

AV: Did you have a role model in basketball growing up?

HH: I was a point guard, but this is my first year actually playing the number 2, shooting guard. I like Russell Westbrook for the Thunder. I like Steph Curry over the past two years. My favorite player's Kevin Durant, though. 

AV: What about their games do you like?

HH: Russell Westbrook can do everything — rebound, assists, score, good defense, and the same with Kevin Durant. 

AV: You try to be an overall player, too?

HH: Yes, sir. I try to play defense first, defend the basketball because defense will help you win, that's what wins championships. Rebounding is a big one, too.

AV: As as senior now, do you feel any extra pressure as a leader?

HH: No really. Just winning is the most important thing. If we're winning by one, winning by 30, we're getting a win.

AV: Do you play any other sports?

HH: I play football and baseball. I play corner in football, and in baseball I play outfield.

AV: Are you disappointed that football is over with now?

HH: Yeah, it's sad, but life goes on. 

AV: Are looking forward to baseball season?

HH: Baseball is probably my third favorite sport. It goes basketball, then football, then baseball. 

Interview by Brian Woodham


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