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Texas welcomes Big 12’s best freshman, portal target Tyrese Hunter on recruiting visit

Brian Davis
Austin American-Statesman
Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter earned Big 12 freshman of the year honors last season, leading the Cyclones to the Sweet 16. But he has entered the transfer portal reportedly looking for better name, image and likeness opportunities. He will make an official visit to Texas this weekend.

Texas coach Chris Beard is rolling out the burnt-orange carpet as the Longhorns welcome one of the brightest up-and-comers in college basketball.

Iowa State transfer Tyrese Hunter is making an official visit to Austin this weekend, according to two sources familiar with his recruitment.

The Big 12 freshman of the year set school records last season with 172 assists and 71 steals. Hunter averaged 11 points, 4.9 assists and two steals while leading the Cyclones (22-13) to the Sweet 16.

Don’t put the cart before the horse. But pairing Hunter with returning UT super senior Marcus Carr and freshman signee Arterio Morris is one exciting three-guard possibility.

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Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter celebrates the Cyclones' 59-54 win over LSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March. The Big 12 freshman of the year set school records with 172 assists and 71 steals and averaged 11 points, 4.9 assists and two steals.

The Wisconsin native first committed to then-Iowa State coach Steve Prohm and stuck with the Cyclones when T.J. Otzelberger was hired. The youngest point guard in the Big 12 dubbed himself “The General” and backed it up.

“Right now, I’m not really thinking about the future,” Hunter told the Des Moines Register at the NCAAs. “I want to take as much time with these guys as I can. I want to live in the moment.

“We did a lot throughout the whole year,” he added. “The coaching staff put us all together with a vision and plan.”

The 6-foot guard was expected to be the face of Iowa State’s program next season. But it’s believed he entered the transfer portal looking for better name, image and likeness opportunities. Three other Iowa State players went into the portal, too.

Hunter has long followed his own instincts. His father died of cardiac arrest when Tyrese was 6. His mother died of kidney failure when he was in the eighth grade.

Hunter would escape Racine, Wis., via basketball. His high school team went 53-1 during his last two seasons as college recruiters started calling.

Hunter blossomed at Iowa State. Whether he’ll continue that growth at Texas remains to be seen.

Roster moves: Former Texas guard Devin Askew announced on social media that he has committed to California. Askew started at Kentucky and transferred to Texas, where he averaged 2.1 points in 34 games last season.

Since this is his second transfer, Askew must receive a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible this season.

Also, McKinney commitment Alex Anamekwe has signed his scholarship paperwork and will enroll this summer. Anamekwe initially signed with SMU but was released after a coaching change. He averaged 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season as a senior.

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