Kenya Hunter is in his fourth season at Nebraska after joining the staff in June of 2013. In his role, Hunter coaches the Husker post players and also assists in player development and opponent scouting.
In his first three seasons, four of his post players have signed professional contracts, including Walter Pitchford, who played in the NBA D-League in 2015-16. Hunter has also played a major role in the Huskers’ recruiting efforts, including Andrew White III, who earned All-Big Ten honors in 2016. In addition, Hunter also helped the Huskers recruit seven other players who were among the nation’s top 150 players in their classes by ESPN or Rivals.com over the last two seasons.
Last year, Hunter helped prepare freshmen Michael Jacobson and Ed Morrow Jr., as the two were the Huskers’ primary post players in 2015-16. Hunter also worked on the development of two-time All-Big Ten performer Shavon Shields, who finished his career as one of five players in school history with 1,500 points and 600 rebounds.
Prior to joining the Husker program, Hunter spent six seasons at Georgetown and was instrumental in helping the Hoyas to a pair of Big East titles (2008 and 2013), five 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournament bids in his tenure. His teams were ranked in the top 10 during each of the six seasons at the school and were either a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament four times in that span.
In his tenure at Georgetown, Hunter played a significant role in the development of four NBA players. The group included all-star Roy Hibbert and Greg Monroe, who was the No. 7 pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 2010 NBA Draft. Most recently, Hunter developed Otto Porter, who was the Big East Player of the Year in 2012-13, and the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Hunter has worked with some of college basketball’s top coaches, including Thompson, Arizona’s Sean Miller and Herb Sendek. Hunter has helped 12 teams reach postseason play over the last 15 seasons, including 11 NCAA appearances.
At Georgetown, he was involved in offensive and defensive on-court coaching and opponent scouting while also playing a leading role in the Hoyas’ recruiting efforts. Three of Hunter’s recruiting classes were among the top 25 nationally, as he played a major role in the recruitment of 11 players who were ranked among the top 100 nationally by either ESPN.com or Rivals.com. His ability to develop players resulted in five players earning first-team All-Big East honors and two Big East Rookies of the Year, while Porter was honored as Georgetown’s first Big East Player of the Year since 2007.
Prior to joining the Georgetown staff, Hunter spent three years as an assistant coach at Xavier University, where he helped Coach Sean Miller to back-to-back 20-win seasons, including a 25-9 record and a second-round appearance in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. At Xavier, he assisted in on-court coaching as well as playing a major role in recruiting.
Hunter also has experience in the ACC, spending two stints at North Carolina State. He served as Director of Basketball Operations for the Wolfpack from 2000 to 2004. He was responsible for the day-to-day administrative responsibilities for the men’s program, which made three straight NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.
He began his full-time coaching career at his alma mater, Duquesne, spending two seasons at the school. Hunter was responsible for on-floor coaching and off-campus recruiting. He helped the Dukes staff bring in the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 in 1999.
A four-year letterwinner point guard for Duquesne (1993-96), Hunter finished his career ranked third on the Dukes’ all-time assist list (439). He tallied 971 points and 218 steals while shooting 74.4 percent from the free throw line and 35.1 percent from the three-point arc. After starting 93 of his 103 career games for the Dukes, Hunter was a two-time recipient of the Sihugo Green Award, presented annually to Duquesne’s top upperclassman. He was also a three-year captain. During his playing career at Duquesne, Hunter spent the summers as an assistant coach for an AAU squad, the Pittsburgh Jots. He worked with Head Coach John Miller, the father of Sean Miller and Dayton coach Archie Miller.
In high school, Hunter starred on the gridiron as well as the hardwood. He was an accomplished football quarterback as well as a point guard at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. Following his high school career, he teamed with former Syracuse guard Lawrence Moten to lead New Hampton School in New Hampshire to a 23-3 record prior to enrolling at Duquesne.
Hunter completed his liberal arts degree at Duquesne in 1996, and earned his master’s degree in education from North Carolina State in 1998. While earning his master’s degree, Hunter was a student manager at North Carolina State under Herb Sendek from 1996 to 1998 and accompanied the Wolfpack to a pair of NIT appearances.
Hunter is married to the former Johncie Brown of Durham, N.C. The couple has a son, Jaylin and a daughter, Kendall.