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Former Big 12 Freshman of the Year transfers to Memphis


Tyrese Hunter will suit up for Tigers for 2024-25

From the University of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis men's basketball head coach Penny Hardaway and his staff officially announced the addition of Tyrese Hunter to the Tigers' 2024-25 squad.

With one year of eligibility remaining, Hunter transfers to the Bluff City after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Longhorns. Before that, he spent one season at Iowa State in 2021-22, where he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot, 175-pound guard has been an ironman through three collegiate seasons, earning starts in all 106 games of his career while averaging more than 31 minutes per contest.

He has amassed 1,143 points (13.8 ppg), 403 assists (4.8 apg), 332 rebounds (4.0 rpg) and 146 steals (1.8 spg) and has reached double figures in scoring 58 times.

Hunter has an abundance of experience in the NCAA Tournament, posting a 6-3 mark in nine career March Madness games. He led the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 (2021-22) and Texas to the Elite Eight (2022-23) and Round of 32 (2023-24).

The Racine, Wisconsin native posted 10.7 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 71 games as a Longhorn and is coming off career highs in field goal percentage (45.2%) and 3point percentage (37.2%) in 2023-24.

Hunter scored a career high 30 points (9-13 FG, 9-9 FT), tied his season high with seven dimes and added three


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steals against Oklahoma in the regular season finale earlier this year to help land him Big 12 Player of the Week honors on March 11.

Hunter scored double figures in 18 contests for Texas last season, including four 20point performances, and dished at least five assists 14 times.

In his lone season at Iowa State, Hunter not only was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year but was also a finalist for both the Kyle Macy Award (top freshman in Division I) and Left Driesell Award (nation's top defender). He was ranked as the No. 2 transfer in the country for the 2022 offseason by 247Sports and the No. 3 transfer by ESPN and CBS Sports.

Hunter started all 35 games for the Cyclones and led the team in assists (4.9 apg) and steals (71) and ranked second in scoring (11.0 ppg) and minutes (32.1 mpg). He ranked third in the Big 12 in both assists and steals (2.1) per game while becoming the first Cyclone in 15 years to record at least 70 steals in a season.

He set the ISU freshman season record for assists (172), steals and games started.

Hunter was key in helping Iowa State to a 22-13 mark and a trip to the Sweet 16 that season, just one year after the Cyclones finished 2-20 overall.

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