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Tabor Academy’s Jesse Bunting (31, above and right) decided to attend a college preparatory school to play against stronger competition than he would have faced at Plymouth North.
Tabor Academy’s Jesse Bunting (31, above and right) decided to attend a college preparatory school to play against stronger competition than he would have faced at Plymouth North.Photos by Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe

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Jesse Bunting never saw his uncle, 6-foot-8 Allen Bunting, play college basketball at San Diego State (class of ’76). Or suit up in the top tier men’s league in France in the 1980s. But the Plymouth teen picked up the basketball gene.

At 6-7, 225 pounds, the 17-year-old Bunting is one of the top prospects in the Northeast.

And after averaging a team-leading 20 points and 11 rebounds at Plymouth North, the center/forward transferred to Tabor Academy in Marion, where he was reclassified as a junior.

Making the move to a prep school from a public school to improve a player’s college recruitment is an increasingly common route. Dennis Clifford (Milton Academy), a junior center at Boston College who started his high school career at Bridgewater-Raynham, is one example.

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