May 16, 2022

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Iowa State Cyclones point guard Tyrese Hunter enters the transfer portal after an outstanding freshman season

Iowa State Cyclones point guard Tyrese Hunter enters the transfer portal after an outstanding freshman season

Iowa freshman point guard Therese HunterThe 12th freshman of the year announced Monday that he plans to enter the men’s basketball transfer gate.

“First of all, I would like to thank the good Lord for giving me the ability and talent to play this game which I love so much,” Hunter wrote on social media. “Secondly, to the Cyclone Nation, I want to thank all of you for the undying support and enthusiasm you give Cyclone for basketball at every game at the Hilton Coliseum or on the road. I will always appreciate it. Thank you to my coaches and staff as well as all my players who embraced me as I began my college career. Here in Iowa.

“After praying, talking to my family and giving myself time to reflect on my next steps on this journey, I decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal.”

Hunter, a 6-footer player from Wisconsin, instantly became one of the best point guards in the gate. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 assists last season.

Ranked 39 in the ESPN 100 for the class of 2021, Hunter quickly emerged as an influential student after stepping onto the campus in Ames. He opened his career with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in Iowa State’s first game of the season, then made a national statement with 19 points and five steals in the win over Xavier in late November.

Hunter finished his new season in impressive style, scoring 23 points, making five steals and making seven three-pointers in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Iowa, and racking up 13 points, seven assists and three steals in a Sweet 16 loss to Miami.

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He started all 35 games for TJ Otzelberger as a freshman, ranking in the top 12 in both assists and steals. Hunter won Big 12 Freshman of the Year, beating out the duo Baylor Jeremy Suchan And Kendall Brown.

Hunter was originally committed to Iowa in August 2020, when Steve Bruhm was at the helm of Hurricane Management. He reaffirmed his commitment after appointing Otzelberger in the spring of 2021.