James Hunter, who played basketball at the University of Colorado from 1988-92, passed away last week, on Sept. 3, at the age of 49.
Originally from Little Rock, Ark., Hunter was one of the top players in Michigan as a prep, starring at Detroit’s Southwestern High School where he helped his team to a 25-1 record and spot in the state semifinals as a senior. He would come to Boulder, joining former Southwestern teammate Stevie Wise, who had arrived in Boulder a year earlier.
Hunter averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 63 games for the Buffaloes.
His best year came as a junior 1990-91, when he helped Colorado to 19 wins and a third-place finish at the National Invitation Tournament. Hunter was third on the squad in both scoring (10.3 ppg) and rebounding (3.7 rpg) as the Buffaloes finished 19-14 overall.
Following the season, United Press International named him to their All-Surprise Team. Hunter would join a Big Eight Conference Select Team that toured Italy in August 1991.
A knee injury limited Hunter’s minutes in 1991-92, but still averaged 8.2 points and 3.0 rebounds over 25 games. He attempted to return a final season in 1992-93 but opted to end his Colorado Career due to that same knee which hadn’t fully healed.
At the time, Hunter ranked as CU’s second-leading all-time 3-point shooter, having made 60 of 165 long range attempts. He was 49th in career scoring with 575 points. Hunter completed his degree in August of 1997.
Hunter his survived by four children; James Hunter III, Camaron Hunter-Loftin, Jazmyne Hunter and Jakyra Hunter and nine siblings; Shedrick Hunter, Lavella Crump (Greg), Antonio Hicks, Biyaun Hunter, Keyon Allen, YuVonda Martin (Dennis), Erica Hicks, Felicia Hunter and Kimmie Rutley (Lee).
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., at St. John Baptist Church, 600 E. Palm Street, Lonoke, Ark. Donations can be made directly to Superior Funeral Home at 501-945-9922.