Recruiting report: Jays, Huskers both recruiting Hunter Sallis hard. But so are other top programs

Hunter Sallis has been offered scholarships by Creighton, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Cal, Connecticut, Drake, Kansas State, Mississippi and Missouri.

Hunter Sallis' recruitment is heating up. The 6-foot-4, 160-pound wing added two more scholarship offers last weekend.

On an unofficial visit to Missouri, the Tigers offered following their elite camp on Saturday.

"They showed me around campus and it went well," Sallis said. "After camp, I went and talked to their coach for a little bit and they talked to me about their playing style and how their practices go."

Sallis said he loved his time in Columbia, Missouri, and that he likes what he saw there.

"They have a beautiful campus and I liked their coaching staff," he said. "It was a lot of fun."

On Sunday, another new offer came from Pac-12 school California. The connection between Sallis and California comes from Iowa. Former Hawkeye assistant Andrew Francis spent nine seasons as an assistant at Iowa before being hired to Mark Fox's staff.

"I've been talking to them since coach Francis left Iowa," Sallis said. "We talked about me visiting Cal sometime and I just have to get a date that works for me and them."

Missouri and Cal joined a long list of schools that have offered: Creighton, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Connecticut, Kansas State, Mississippi and Drake.

Per NCAA rules, high school juniors can take five official visits starting in September of their junior year. Sallis isn't sure if he will take all five of them this year, but he does have one scheduled with Nebraska Oct. 4-6.

The relationship with Nebraska's new coaching staff and Sallis has grown since Fred Hoiberg was hired March 30. NU assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih is the lead recruiter for Sallis.

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"I talk to (Abdelmassih) or Coach Hoiberg at least once a week via text," Sallis said.

Although he isn't likely to take all five official visits this year he is planning on taking a few unofficial visits.

"I am planning on going to Iowa State for an unofficial visit," he said. "I want to go back to Missouri and try to get to Oregon sometime this fall, along with UCLA."

UCLA assistant Michael Lewis recruited Sallis for over a year while he was an assistant at Nebraska.

"I still talk to (Lewis) a lot," Sallis said. "We talk a lot about life. He saw me play in Alabama and since the end of July they have been recruiting me harder."

Creighton calls often, and Sallis said their relationship is good, too.

“I go up there a lot to play in open gyms with their players when I can within the rules, or about twice a month,” he said. "I talk to them a lot, too, and they are still on the top of my mind."

Along with Cal and UCLA, another Pac-12 school has begun to make contact with Sallis.

"Arizona just started texting me and they have talked to my dad."

Marquette, Colorado, Texas Tech and Tulsa are the schools that haven't offered but have shown recent interest.

A 16-year-old with the recruiting attention Sallis has could provide undo attention and pressure for some, but not for the unassuming Sallis.

"It's not really pressure," Sallis said. "It adds confidence and it's humbling. My mom always tells me to take it all in and enjoy the process."

All of the schools that have offered would gladly accept a commitment from Sallis, but that is a decision that will likely wait for another year.

"I'm not ready to make a decision anytime soon," he said. "I wants to play out the AAU season next summer before making a decision."

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