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Hamilton Southeastern's Gunn taking recruiting slow

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6-foot-7 freshman already has verbal offer from Indiana, interest from MSU, Butler

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 12:01 am

Just 10 games into his high school career, Hamilton Southeastern freshman Zach Gunn is already building hype as a college recruit.

The 6-foor-7 forward has already received a verbal offer from Indiana and has visited Michigan State and Butler.

But his college landing spot in four years is the furthest thing from his mind.

“I really don't think about it a lot,” Gunn said. “I guess it's good to have, but I don't really have any favorites.”

The hype around the freshman is real, which he proved in last week's Carroll Shootout. Gunn used his height and wingspan to make himself a defensive presence down low.

On the offensive end, he grabbed offensive boards for easy put backs and showed the ability to knock down three-pointers consistently.

Gunn scored all of his 13 points in the first quarter against DeKalb in the team's second game of the holiday tournament. He was quiet in the second before picking up a second foul.

The Royals were ahead significantly by the third quarter as Gunn was used sparingly in the win.

Though all his points came in the opening eight minutes, he made his first three attempts from long range.

In the second day of the shootout, Gunn scored 19 points against Marion and 23 points against Mooresville, a performance that included shooting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Despite his size, Gunn is used to playing outside. Playing in the post is something he's latching onto in his freshman season.

“(Hamilton Southeastern coach Brian Satterfield) has put me inside to get used to the physicality,” Gunn said. “I've had to get used to the strength of the guys that have been around longer.”

Hamilton Southeastern isn't new to having high-level talent on its roster. The last two Indiana Mr. Basketball honorees – Gary Harris and Zak Irvin – both played for the Royals.

Satterfield sees similarities between Gunn and his two Mr. Basketball players.

“The thing about Gunn is for being a freshman and the maturity he shows, he lets things come to him and he doesn't force things,” Satterfield said. “The hardest thing for any incoming freshman is sometimes they specialize in one thing.”

The buzz around Gunn is sure to follow him throughout his career at Hamilton Southeastern. But before he can pick a school, he has to figure out a major.

“Something in sports or sports administration,” Gunn said.