Ole Miss basketball forward Sammy Hunter has earned the opportunity to qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Hunter will travel down to El Salvador this week (July 1-4) to compete for The Bahamas in the Central America and Caribbean Pre-Qualifiers.
“I always think it’s a great honor to represent your country, and I know Sammy is very excited,” said head coach Kermit Davis. “This is going to be a great experience for him. He will be a big part of their team, and we are looking forward to following the games throughout the week.”
Hunter and The Bahamas face Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and El Salvador in the second round of the pre-qualifying tournament. After the round robin, the top two teams in the group advance to the third round to continue their hopes of qualifying for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Eighty national teams from around the world are attempting to qualify for the tournament, set to take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia in 2023.
This past season, the Nassau, native came off the bench in 25 games for Ole Miss. Hunter had his best game Rebel against Kentucky (March 2), scoring a career-high 11 points. That included going 3 of 5 from three-point land to help Ole Miss beat the Wildcats for the first time since 2011. He finished sophomore campaign with seven points and a career-high seven rebounds in the opening round of the NIT (March 19).