Kenya Hunter is approaching his third season as a member of the Indiana coaching staff, and on Friday he was named one of the most impactful high major assistant coaches in Division I men's basketball by Silver Waves Media.
Hunter was one of eight Big Ten assistants to make the list, joining Rutgers' Brandin Knight, Illinois' Chester Frazier, Wisconsin's Dean Oliver and Sharif Chamblis, Maryland's Grant Billmeier, Iowa's Sherman Dillard and Purdue's Terry Johnson.
The article stated that Hunter has ignited a culture of effective player development in Bloomington. It credited Hunter for the development of All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis, as well as helping Jackson-Davis, Armaan Franklin and Xavier Johnson rank in the top six for most improved scorers in the Big Ten.
Hunter came to Indiana under former head coach Archie Miller and stayed on staff during the transition to current head coach Mike Woodson. Hunter is a 20-year coaching veteran and played an integral role in Indiana's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2016. After reaching the Big Ten tournament semifinals for the first time since 2013, Hunter was a big reason why Indiana landed the No. 8 recruiting class in the country for 2022, according to 247 sports.
Before joining Miller's staff at Indiana, Hunter spent two seasons at UConn where he helped center Josh Carlton earn the AAC Most Improved Player Award in 2018-2019. Under Hunter's guidance, Akok Akok became one of the nation's top shot blockers. Aside from primarily coaching UConn's forwards, Hunter recruited two consecutive top 20 recruiting classes.
Hunter spent five seasons at Nebraska as an assistant, reaching the NCAA Tournament and developing All-Big 10 selections Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields.
And before his time in Lincoln, Hunter was a member of the Georgetown coaching staff for six seasons when the Hoyas earned two Big East Conference titles, five 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths. Hunter was said to play a key role in the development of future NBA big men Roy Hibbert, Greg Monroe and Otto Porter Jr.
Prior to his work at Georgetown, Hunter was on staff at Xavier when they recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons including an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Hunter got his start at the Division I level at his alma mater, Duquesne, where he was a full-time assistant for two seasons beginning in 1998. In 1999 Duquesne landed the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10. Hunter used this experience to land a role as the Director of Basketball Operations at North Carolina State until 2004, when he left to coach at Xavier. Hunter earned a Master's degree in education at NC State in 1998 when he was a student manager for the basketball team
A native of Arlington, Va., Hunter played football and basketball at Wakefield High School before playing point guard at Duquesne for four years, three of which when he was a team captain.
Before the 2022-2023 basketball season, Woodson promoted Hunter to associate head coach.
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