Status: UK target
Point guard | 6-5 | 175
School: Millard North
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Kentucky got its 2021 recruiting class started off with a commitment from four-star point guard Nolan Hickman, but the Wildcats would also love to add Sallis, a 6-5 point guard with the skills to play on or off the ball in college.
The versatile playmaker has blossomed into one of the top point guards in all of high school basketball — thanks in part to a recent growth spurt — and his recruitment is shaping up as a true battle of the blue bloods. Before Kentucky extended a scholarship offer in August, the top two teams in contention were expected to be Kansas and North Carolina. Now that the Cats have offered — and with no timetable for a commitment yet set — UK should be seen as a top-tier contender to land Sallis, who is versatile enough to play alongside one or two other point guards in Lexington, raising the possibility of another multi-playmaker lineup that worked so well for John Calipari with Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey in the 2019-20 season.
A few days after the UK scholarship offer, Sallis narrowed his recruitment to 12 schools: Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, Creighton, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, and UCLA.
Sallis averaged 22.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a junior to lead his high school to the Nebraska state title game.
“Honestly, he might be the best guard in high school basketball, just from a versatility perspective. … Is there anyone better than Hunter Sallis when it comes to being a floor-setter, a playmaker, a scorer, an athlete, and, hopefully, a defender? I’m not sure.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans