By Robert Wilson
Callaway’s Daeshun Ruffin gets all the headlines. And he deserves it. After all, the Ole Miss signee and senior guard is the top player in Mississippi and one of the top players in the country.
But there’s another talented guard on the Chargers basketball team.
Meet 5-foot-10 junior guard Keiveon Hunt, the engine as Callaway coach David Sanders calls him, of the team.
Hunt averaged 22.5 points, shot 51.7 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line, 8.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.5 steals and helped defending Class 5A state champion Callaway to two victories and the 5A, Region 4 championshiplast week.
For his outstanding performances, Hunt has been named the Priority One Bank/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Boys Basketball Player of the Week.
Hunt had 26 points (7 of 18 from the field and 10 of 10 from the line), 10 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds in a 79-73victory over Vicksburg for the region championship. He also had 19 points (8 of 11 shots from the field and 1 of 1 from the line), with 7 assists, 6 steals and 4 rebounds in an 89-53 victory over Ridgeland.
Hunt is averaging 17 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals per game for 9-0 Callaway. He has career highs of 26 points, 12 assists and 11 steals. Hunt has Division I offers from Southern Miss, Jackson State and Alabama State and Sanders believes many more will come.
“Daeshun and Keiveon are like Batman and Superman,” Sanders said. “Keiveon is highly underrated. The kid is our engine for sure. Keiveon is absolutely vital to what we do as a team. He takes so much pressure off all his teammates and makes everyone on the court better. He has been a stat stuffer throughout his career.”
Hunt averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals to help Callaway to 25-5 record (undefeated in Mississippi), a Class 5A state championship and a No. 1 ranking in Mississippi and a No. 38 national ranking by MaxPreps. He was selected to the third team on the Priority One Bank/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson team last season as a sophomore.
The Performance Therapy/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Girls Basketball Player of the Week will be announced Wednesday.
Coaches please contact Robert Wilson by text or call at 601.506.2276 or email at [email protected] with your nominations by 3 p.m. Sunday.