Former Placer guard Huntsberry commits to San Diego City CollegeBy: Cameron Salerno for the Auburn Journal
The long, stressful recruiting process for Kai Huntsberry is over.
“Well, the recruitment process has been stressful, but it’s been so surreal,” former Placer guard Kai Huntsberry confessed. “I wouldn’t think this many colleges would text or call me or even think about me.”
Wednesday Huntsberry announced via Twitter his commitment to San Diego City College and will look to make a big impact right away for SDCC.
“The coaches and the program history at SDCC is top notch,” Huntsberry said. “I’m really excited to get down there with the team.”
Huntsberry, who was the starting point guard for a Placer team that made it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game before falling to West Campus, 67-60 in 2018. Placer made it to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, which was the farthest Placer had made it in school history.
“Senior season was crazy and probably my best season I’ve ever played,” Huntsberry said. “It was a great time playing basketball with some people that I consider really good friends. We went far and played tough, and I know we wish and thought we should've went further, but the torch has been passed down to the next senior class to do better than we did.”
As a senior, Huntsberry averaged 21.2 points, grabbed 8.6 rebounds and dished out 5.3 assists. In the process of his incredible season, Huntsberry captured honors such as Pioneer Valley League MVP, All-Metro First Team as well as Division IV First Team All-State, according to Maxpreps.
“It was crazy to get all the awards and First-Team honors, but it proved you can do anything you put your mind to,” Huntsberry said. “All the hard work I’ve put in just happened to get noticed, and I can’t be more grateful.”
His most notable game in his Placer career was in the first round of last year's playoffs when he posted a rare quadruple-double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and recording 10 steals as well as 10 assists.
Over the summer, Huntsberry pledged his commitment to Central Wyoming but then later decommitted due to a coaching change. The decommitment allowed him to re-open his recruitment and land with SDCC.
“The decommitment was really stressful because I found a place that fit me and my playing style, and the coaches and players were amazing, but when the coaches left, it was like I barely knew anyone,” Huntsberry said. “So it made me come out and work hard because I didn’t know where I was gonna go.”
SDCC is coming off an impressive 33-3 season, where they eventually lost in the California Community College Athletic Association championship game to San Francisco.
“I feel like I will make a impact on the defensive side at SDCC,” Huntsberry confessed. “Everyone can score in college, but when it comes to defense, people aren’t used to someone in your face the whole game. Also, offensively I will be able to get my teammates open and get them good looks to set them up to score.”
Huntsberry will now look to stay at SDCC for a few years in hopes of earning a Division I scholarship.
“I’m getting recruited by some Division ones and Division twos that are following me during my time at the JC level,” Huntsberry said. “Hopefully, I will pick up some offers and be blessed to play at a Division I college.”