One of the fastest risers in the 2016 high school basketball class has to be Eric Hester. Hester, a 6’4” combo guard from Oldsmar, Florida (Oldsmar Christian High School), is rapidly enhancing his stock on the Under Armour Association (UAA) circuit this spring, and he appears to be only getting better.
Playing alongside five-star prospect in Dewan Huell, Hester is playing second fiddle right now for Team Breakdown. Make no mistake, though, Hester is a big-time recruit in his own right.
Through 12 games on the UAA circuit, Hester is averaging 8.3 points and 2.2 assists points per game while shooting .344 percent from the field, .562 percent from the free-throw line and .233 percent from the three-point line.
While those numbers don’t paint the rosiest picture, to know Hester and see him play, you know he is better than his numbers suggest. While he was not connecting on a lot of his attempts when I saw him over the Memorial Day weekend, he definitely has a quick release and fine form on his shot. He is also a player that takes a lot of pride in his defense, as he can harass opposing players with his above-average athleticism.
Eric Hester has the tools to be an elite defender. #PangosAACamp
— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) May 31, 2015
Hester is also great at attacking the rim and letting his natural abilities take over. He runs the floor extremely well and can get after it on the break. Hester also has some nice spin moves going to the hoop.
According to VerbalCommits.com, he is the 97th best prospect by Scout.com and the 54th best by Rivals.com and is widely considered a four-star prospect.
Above all else, though, Hester sets sets team goals first and foremost.
“We (as a team) want to have a better record, and make the UAA finals,” Hester said about what he wants to achieve this spring and summer.
Hester has been invited to some camps, but was not positive what his summer plans were. And not content with where his game is at, Hester is looking to expand his overall game this summer.
“I’ve been doing alright,” Hester said about his season on the UAA circuit. “I want to become a more consistent shooter. I just have to be more consistent in my game.”
On the recruiting trail, Hester said he is hearing most from Florida, Florida State, Creighton, Tulsa and South Florida. Although Billy Donovan is not at Florida any longer, he likes what new Gator’s coach Mike White has to say.
“I like him a lot,” Hester said. “He calls me a lot and tells me how much he likes (my game). So I like him a lot.”
Hester is working hard on the UAA circuit and he is just starting to tap into his full potential. He has some things to work on for sure, but knowing Hester he’ll tackle it like he tackles the game, which is aggressively and passionately.
Here are some highlights of Hester from YouTube: