Tyrese Hunter is returning to the University of Texas for the 2023-24 season, much to the delight of coach Rodney Terry and the rest of the Longhorns. Despite going through the process leading up to the 2023 NBA draft, the efficient and experienced guard decided to stay for another year. With the addition of two new guards from the NCAA transfer portal, along with former All-American Max Abmas and WAC Freshman of the Year Chendall Weaver, Texas can boast a formidable and multifaceted backcourt.
Hunter, who helped Iowa State reach the Sweet 16 and was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, improved his shooting percentages across the board and decreased his turnovers per game during his lone season with Texas. His decision to return allows him to continue leading the Longhorns with his scoring, passing, and defensive skills while maintaining his remaining eligibility.
As veterans with deep NCAA Tournament experience, Hunter and Abmas have started a combined 196 Division I games. Hunter’s late-season resurgence and on-court improvements bode well for Texas’ chances of contending in the tough Big 12 Conference. Coach Terry certainly believes so, stating that “if Tyrese comes back, then obviously you’ve got a winner in him…hopefully, he takes us to a Final Four.”
With Hunter’s return, Texas fans can look forward to an exciting and promising season ahead.