The hunt is over for Jamison Hunt.

The hunt is over for Jamison Hunt.

He now knows where his next stop will be on the basketball court.

The Ripley Viking standout, who earned Class AAA First Team All-State this past season, has decided to take his talents to Mountain East Conference member West Virginia State University in Institute.

“I really like (Head) Coach (Bryan) Poore and the whole coaching staff,” Hunt said. “They are fun to be with.”

  Hunt said that was one of many determining factors in making his decision.

  “I like the way they play up and down and score a lot of points,” said Hunt, who averaged 23.3 points as a senior, which was tops in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.

  The fact the State campus is a short trek from Ripley was also a big plus when choosing the school and Yellow Jacket program.

 “It’s close to home,” he said. “My dad (Steve) and family and others that supported me can come and see me play.”

  Speaking of his father, in an ironic twist he actually once coached at State, serving as an assistant to Robert Marshall and then working as the interim head coach.

Poore became the head coach at State in the 1999-2000 season following Marshall’s time in Institute.

“It’s kind of funny in a way,” said Jamison Hunt.  

 “I was probably kind of raised there when my dad was coaching with them.”

While it is not a definite, Hunt figures he will be redshirted this coming season.

 “I need to get bigger, stronger and faster,” he said. “I’m certainly going to have to adapt to the speed of the game. I will have to work on getting use to guys being more athletic.”

  Of course, if there is anyone who is willing to take on that challenge it would be Jamison Hunt.

 “I’m working out with Chase Fischer and Paul Williamson at Kenna,” said Hunt.

  Fischer is a former Ripley First Team All-Stater and West Virginia Player of the Year. He played on the college scene for both Wake Forest and Brigham Young. Williamson was a standout at Logan and spent time in WVU’s program.

  “I’m also playing in (Ravenswood Head) Coach (Mick) Price’s Summer League in Ravenswood. I’m going to play in a 3-on-3 tournament in Gallipolis (Ohio),” he said. “I’m just trying to stay as busy as I can working out.”

  Hunt was chosen for last Friday’s West Virginia Athletic Directors Association North-South Basketball Classic.

  He scored three points for the South team in the game staged inside the South Charleston Community Center.

  The North defeated the South in a classic, 108-105.

“It was a fun week. Most of the guys in the game are going on to play college ball. It gave me some motivation.”

  Jamison Hunt doesn’t 

need much in that department.

He’s excited about his next basketball challenge.

And while he’s been working diligently to take the next step, the focus will be even stronger in the coming days, weeks and months.

After all, the hunt for a college basketball program is over for Jamison Hunt.