"In signing Derek we are adding to what is shaping up to be a fantastic 2013 recruiting class,” Huntington coach Ty Platt said in a release.
Hinen joins Eagle teammates Drew Benedict and Daniel Woll, who each committed to the Foresters earlier this fall.
Hinen has been a critical component for the 4-0 Eagles this season. After earning Honorable Mention All-Conference honors as a freshman, the 6-foot-2 point guard will likely earn his third consecutive first team selection at the conclusion of his prep career.
“His toughness, intelligence and talent make him a perfect fit for our our basketball program," Platt said. "Derek will have a great career as a Forester."
As a junior, Hinen led his team in scoring (15 points per game), assists (4 assists per game) and field goal percentage (50.8 percent). For his career to date, the two-time IBCA All-State Underclassmen pick is averaging 9.9 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds.
Hinen is a four-year starter for the Eagles and is on pace to go down in the Columbia City record books for most games played in a career. His talents have also landed him an invitation to the IBCA Top 100 Underclassman Workout for three straight seasons.
“Derek is a special player," Platt said. "He can handle the ball, makes great decisions, can score in a variety of ways and is a leader."