Southwesern College men's basketball player Cameron Hunt (SR/Duncanville, Texas) has been named the RCB Bank Athlete of the Month for January, as voted on by members of the athletic department staff.
Hunt has had himself an historic season and an even more historic month of January- a month that saw 11 total games for him and the Moundbuilders basketball team. Currently first in the NAIA in scoring at 31.4 points per game, his month of January was a big part of why he has sky rocketed to the top spot and also has stayed there. In those 11 games, Hunt averaged 34 points per contest to go aloing with 6.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He was named National Player of the Week by the NAIA and grabbed three offensive player of the week honors in the KCAC and is also second the nation in assists per game to go along with his scoring prominence.
Perhaps the biggest moment for Hunt in January was his record-breaking performance against Kansas Wesleyan on January 21. It was not a point total or single-game effort that got him recognized in the record books, but a running floater in the second half made him Southwestern College's all-time leading scorer, surpassing former teammate Cameron Clark at 2,450 career points.
With the record-breaking milestone to go along with national accolades and recognition, Hunt has remained humble and focused through it all, and even upon learning he had won athlete of the month, his first comments were to recognize others who were just as deserving.
"It's a pretty cool honor knowing how many great athletes there are on this campus," Hunt said when asked about winning RCB Bank Athlete of the Month. "I can name multiple other student-athletes who are deserving of this award."
Earlier this month, Hunt commented on the Bob Lutz Show- a Wichita sports talk radio station that he did not get much notice in high school and that the Southwestern coaching staff took a chance on him because they saw something in him that others overlooked. Being a four-year player with the men's basketball program, the coaches cannot help but praise the amound of improvement, progress, and dedication Hunt has for his teammates and the program.
"Hunt's consistency over the past four years has been impressive," head coach Matt O'Brien said. " His work ethic year round in the weight room and the gym has certainly paid off."
Associate head coach, Tim Miser, shares O'Brien's sentiments, as he was the one whose attention was grabbed by Hunt before he commttied to Southwestern. Not only has Hunt shown great strides in the game of basketball, but also in the classroom, community, and in his professional journey.
"Cameron's drive to be successful in everything that he does is what impresses me most about his work ethic," Miser noted. "What he does to achieve his goals gives me energy and motivates me."
Backtracking on the humble attitude Hunt carries with him at all times, he often credits others first when it comes to his success. Putting his trust with the coach staff since coming here four years ago has certainly paid off, but also establishing a connection and chemistry with his teammates has been one of the most important factors. Whether it''s his current teammates that he is sharing his senior season with or former mentors like Cameron Clark, Hunt has enjoyed his journey at Southwestern thanks in large part to the people he surrounds himself with.
"The best part of playing basketball at Southwestern is the long-term relationships you make with your teammates," Hunt said. "There is no better feeling than playing basketball with your closest friends.
Hunt is one of four seniors that will be recognized on the men's basketball team on February 16 as they welcome in No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan. With a lot at stake in that game and moving forward, Hunt knows how little time he has left playing the sport he loves with the people he loves being around.
"This year my teammates have taught me how to have fun," he added. "We realize this won't last forever so we plan on making the most of it."
RCB Bank and their recognition of Southwestern College student-athletes has become a wonderful tradition to look forward to every month and Caroline Kaufman, assistant vice president of community and customer relations, is thrilled to honor the work and success Hunt has had, not only in the month of January, but this season and in his career.
"RCB Bank is proud to recognize Cam Hunt as the newest athlete of the month," Kaufman praised. "RCB continues to enjoy meeting these student athletes and awarding them for the outstanding athleticism, and Cam is no exception to that."