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Amateur Athlete: Donovyn Hunter, Medford's 13-year-old Basketball Sensation

Playing for Hedrick Middle School's seventh grade team, she's been asked to not play as hard as she can.

Posted: Feb 2, 2018 7:25 AM

MEDFORD, Ore.—Donovyn Hunter’s father, Sherman Hunter, estimates she could put up 40 to 50 points every time she takes the court.

South Medford head coach Tom Cole said he expects her recruiting frenzy to be similar to that of Kyle Singler.

Hunter has already been scouted by a bevy of NCAA Division I powers like Louisville, Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State.

She also doesn’t turn 14 until October.

At the age of 13, Hunter can handle the basketball better than anyone Cole’s ever coached or coached against.

"We’ve played against four McDonalds All-Americans who are stars at the Division I level. None of them had that kind of skillset," he said.

Donovyn was born in Portland and moved from Seattle to Medford with her family a year ago. Her brother, Sherman, plays for South Medford’s varsity team as a sophomore.

Donovyn meanwhile is playing for Hedrick Middle School's seventh grade team, and her basketball skills are so advanced, she’s been asked to scale it back a bit.

"I know that it's the school rule that you got to limit yourself I guess,” she said. “I just don't like that I put that much time into practicing and then when I get into a game to play with friends that I can't show what I can truly do."

She’s counting down the days until she can lace up for South Medford’s varsity team, and she’s not alone.

"When your best players are your hardest workers, you end up having something special and certainly that's what we look forward to," Cole said.

Her dad hopes it unleashes the side he’s only seen from her when playing in elite camps and against her brother.

“There's still another level that people haven't seen yet,” he said. “So I think it'll come out. Give her another year or two."

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