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Prep boys' basketball: Size of stage irrelevant to Hunt

Published December 5, 2012 1:33 pm

Prep boys' basketball • Center won a state title in football with Jordan last month.
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Sandy • Mufi Hunt is a state champion in football. He is Prince Charming. He is the center of attention.

Dancer, singer, defensive end, low-post presence.

In front of thousands of spectators or a quaint gathering — you name it, he can do it.

Hunt, who stands 6 foot 6, is Waterford's starting center and entered the week as the Ravens' leading scorer. He joined the basketball team just one week before the season because he was busy helping Jordan High to the Class 5A state football championship.

"It's different, for sure," Hunt said about playing before thousands at Rice-Eccles Stadium one day and in a gym with a capacity of 400 just a week later. "But the atmosphere here is just as good. The student body here is really loud when we get a full crowd."

Hunt plays football for Jordan under UHSAA's "co-op rule," because Waterford doesn't offer the sport. He has attended Waterford since the sixth grade and has plenty of interests outside of sports.

The sophomore also is set to play Prince Charming in the school's spring musical, "Cinderella." He was an Indian prince in a ballet performance of "Peter Pan" last year. He had to give up participating in choir because it conflicted with a jam-packed schedule.

"I like dance a lot," Hunt said. "In dance, we stretch a lot. It gets me loosened up, balanced. We do a lot of leg workouts. Dancers are really strong. I was surprised at first."

First-year boys' basketball coach Ryan Judd said Hunt is the personification of a well-rounded Waterford student.

"He's an amazing young kid," said Judd, a 2002 Waterford grad. "He realizes he has a lot of talents, and he isn't going to just focus on one activity. At a place like Waterford, you can try a little of this and a little of that and then discover your passion and go with it.

"He is a great leader for the team. He has scored pretty well and played great, but I think he has plenty of room to grow in his role on the team."

Just two weeks removed from the gridiron, Hunt still is working his way into basketball shape. He scored in double figures in each of Waterford's first three games — something he did 12 times in 23 games as a freshman.

"My teammates are running after practice with me, and if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be in as good a shape as I am now," Hunt said.

He said he would like to play basketball in college and admits he has plenty of room for improvement — defense, rebounding and free throws top the list. But he also has plenty of time to make that happen. —

Hunt file

Sophomore Mufi Hunt is Waterford's leading scorer three games into the season.

Hunt plays football at Jordan through UHSAA's "co-op rule" and won the Class 5A state championship with the Beetdiggers last month.

Hunt's interests also include choir and dance. He played an Indian prince in a ballet performance of "Peter Pan" as a freshman.