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Texas lands the nation’s best available transfer in former Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter


Former Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter, the nation’s best available transfer, announced his commitment to Texas on Friday.

Hunter picked the Longhorns from a final slate that included Tennessee, Gonzaga, Louisville, Kansas and Purdue.

Hunter, a 6-foot point guard from Wisconsin, earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors last season. He was the No. 3 overall transfer in ESPN’s transfer rankings, behind only Kendric Davis (SMU to Memphis) and Nijel Pack (Kansas State to Miami). He started all 35 games for TJ Otzelberger’s team as a rookie, averaging 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals – ranking in the top three in the Big 12 in assists and steals.

A top-40 recruit for the Class of 2021, Hunter quickly became an impactful freshman. He opened his career with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in Iowa State’s season opener, then made a national statement with 19 points and five steals in a win over Xavier in late November.

Hunter ended his freshman season in impressive fashion, scoring 23 points, making five steals and making seven 3-pointers in Iowa State’s NCAA Tournament first round win over LSU – and had 13 points, seven assists and three interceptions in the Sweet 16’s loss to Miami.

Hunter originally committed to Iowa State in August 2020, when Steve Prohm was in charge of the Cyclones. He reaffirmed his commitment following the hiring of Otzelberger in the spring of 2021.

In Texas, Hunter will immediately enter Chris Beard’s starting lineup, playing alongside former Minnesota transfer Marcus Carr, who started 32 of 34 games for the Longhorns last season. Carr, a big Ten goalscorer, is capable of playing off the ball, which would allow Hunter to take on most of the ball handling duties. Hunter is Texas’ second transfer addition of the offseason, after New Mexico State guard Sir’Jabari Rice.

Beard also brings one of the best recruiting classes in the country, with five-star prospects Dillon Mitchell and Arterio Morris, and ESPN 100 guard Rowan Brumbaugh.

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