But Ron Hunter stressed that he has no idea what R.J. Hunter will decide.
“He may say he just wants to come back,” Ron Hunter said.
Hunter has already taken several steps to help R.J. with the decision.
An insurance policy was taken out before this season through the NCAA, and will be renewed in August should Hunter return.
Ron Hunter said he met or spoke on the phone with between 15-20 agents without his son before the season. He said he took that step so that R.J. could focus on his junior season. Hunter said they will narrow the number of possibilities to less than five and then decide should an agent be needed.
Ron Hunter said he planned to complete the underclassmen evaluation form to send to the NBA on Monday. He said expects to receive that form back next week.
There are factors that Ron Hunter said make him nervous. Just five seniors were selected among the 30 picks in the first round of the draft last year and three in 2013.
It’s thought that the NBA teams often draft on potential, rather than the results and the longer a player stays in school the more time scouts have to pick apart a player’s weaknesses. Plus, only first-round picks receive guaranteed money.
But Hunter said the decision won’t be his.
“It’s his decision and his decision alone,” Ron Hunter said.