Brandon Hunter Biography- NBA Basketball Player From United States
Brandon Hunter Biogrpahy- NBA Basketball Player From United States
Brandon Hunter was an NBA basketball player from the United States. He was born on November 24, 1980, and died on September 12, 2023.
After playing college basketball for the Ohio Bobcats, where he led the NCAA in rebounds in 2002–03, the Boston Celtics picked him in the second round of the 2003 NBA draught. After playing for the Celtics and the Orlando Magic for one season each in the NBA, he started a career as a professional player, mostly in Europe.
Hunter went to high school in his city of Cincinnati, where he went to Withrow. During his junior year, he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who made it to the state championships. Before his final year, he agreed to play for Ohio in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC).
In 2017, Brandon was admitted into the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame along with NBA star Tyrone Hill, who went to Xavier, Horace Pumphrey (football), Joe Brefeld (baseball, basketball, and football), and Skyler Willis (volleyball, track).
During his rookie year, 1999–2000, Hunter was third in scoring (11.3 ppg) and second in rebounds (6.2 rpg). This earned him a spot on the MAC All-rookie Team.
During his sophomore year, he was the only player on the team to play more than almost 33 minutes per game. He also led the league in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg, 23rd in the country). As a result of his good play in the MAC tournament, in which he tried a record 32 free throws in three games, he was named to the All-Tournament Team and to the 2001 All-MAC First Team.
During his junior year, he had similar stats. He led the team in minutes, scoring (17.3 ppg), and rebounds (9.1 rpg, 41st in the country), and he was again named to the All-MAC First Team. He entered the NBA draught early in May 2002, but he didn’t hire an agent, so he kept his eligibility. He also said he would drop out if he wasn’t “first-round material,” which he did later.
As a senior, he was the best player he had ever been in college. In 2002–03, he led all of NCAA Division I with an average of 12.6 points. Hunter averaged 21.5 points, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 0.8 steals. He also had 24 double-doubles, which was the most in the country. Four nominations for MAC Player of the Week led to him being named to the All-MAC First Team for the third year in a row, the same as former Bobcat Gary Trent. He also led his team in points and rebounds for the third year in a row.
Because he had 2,012 points and 1,103 boards over the course of his career, he was able to join the small club of players who have done both. As of 2015, he was the best rebounder in Ohio University history, tied for fifth in scoring, tied for ninth in blocking shots (87), and first in making free throws (561 out of 923, also first).
In the 2003 NBA draught, the Boston Celtics chose Hunter with the 56th pick in the second round. He played in the Reebok Pro Summer League with the Celtics, averaging 16.3 points (fifth for the league, second for the Celtics) and leading the Celtics with 8.2 rebounds per game (third overall, ahead of Udonis Haslem and LeBron James) in 32.8 minutes per game (first for the Celtics), being named to the tournament first team alongside Devin Brown of the San Antonio Spurs and Donny Marshall of the New Jersey Nets. In July 2003, he signed a deal with the Celtics because of this.
On January 9, 2004, he played his first NBA game. As a nod to where he was picked in the draught, he wore the number 56. He played 36 games for the Celtics in his first season. On average, he scored 3.5 points and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per game. He played in three of the four playoff games against the Indiana Pacers, who won the series by sweeping the Celtics.
Hunter wasn’t protected by the Celtics, so on June 22, 2004, the Charlotte Bobcats took him in the NBA Expansion Draught. He never played a game for the Bobcats because on November 1, 2004, he was traded to the Orlando Magic for Keith Bogans. In 31 games in Orlando, he scored an average of 3.1 points and grabbed an average of 2.2 boards.
Hunter played his last NBA game while he was with the Magic. On April 20, 2005, the Miami Heat beat him 93–98 in his last game. He scored 4 points and grabbed 3 boards in that game.
In September 2005, the Milwaukee Bucks signed him as a free agent, but a month later, they let him go. Hunter went abroad after playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the Continental Basketball Association.
Then, on October 3, 2006, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Brandon. He played in the NBA Summer League with LeBron James before being let go two weeks later.
In 2007, he went back to the US and played for the New Jersey Nets in the 2007 Summer League.
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In 2006, the American signed Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League. He played in two league games and two Euroleague games, but was let go after he hurt his hand in one of the Euroleague games.
Then, in March 2006, he moved to Italy to play for Carpisa Napoli in the Serie A.
After the season ended, he went back to the U.S. and was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 3, 2006. He played in the NBA Summer League for two weeks before being let go.
Hunter went back to Italy and signed a contract with TDShop.During the 2006–07 season, he played for Livorno, which came in last.
After playing in the Summer League for the New Jersey Nets in 2007 but not getting a deal, he joined his third Serie A team, Angelico Biella, and played for them for the whole Serie A season.
He joined the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional team Capitanes de Arecibo later in 2008. He left the team in May because he had to go to tests in the U.S. He then played in the Summer League for the New York Knicks.
Hunter went back to Italy for the fourth year in a row. He played for Premiata Montegranaro this time, and at the end of the 2008–09 season, he was the best scorer in the league.
During the 2009–10 season, he played for Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli Basketball Super League. Hapoel made it to the Final Four, and the team also made it to the semifinals of the second-tier Eurocup. Hunter was the MVP for two weeks, in January and March 2010.
Hunter signed Aliaa Petkim of the Turkish Basketball League and played there for part of the 2010–11 season. He then moved to BK Ventspils of Latvia to finish the season.
In 2011 and 2012, he played in the Basketball Bundesliga for the German team BBC Bayreuth.
When he got back to Israel, he joined Hapoel Gilboa Galil and played there until January 2013, when he joined Orléans Loiret Basket as an injury cover player in the French Pro A. He stayed there until April 2013, when he signed again as a fill-in player for the French second division Pro B team ALM Éreux Basket.
From August to November 2013, he played for the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball winner Club Atlético Aguada, which is in Uruguay.
Hunter worked as a private teacher in the Cincinnati area for the company CoachUp. Hunter was a real estate broker as of June 2015, and he was also an NBPA and FIBA-certified sports agent.
Hunter opened Hunter Athlete Management in June 2021. It is a full-service sports management business. Hunter also had a deal with the basketball brand AND1 to be a spokesperson.
Hunter died at the age of 42 on September 12, 2023, his cause of death remains undisclosed.