Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from Longhorns win in opener vs. UIW

Ze'Rik Onyema, Texas basketball
Ze'Rik Onyema, Texas basketball /
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Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball
Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball /

Dud: Tyrese Hunter, G

While junior guard Tyrese Hunter did get the first points of the season for the Longhorns in this game, he didn’t have the most efficient night on either end of the floor. Hunter showed flashes on both ends, including draining 2-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc.

Hunter also had a nice block on an early offensive possession for UIW that helped to spark a big 14-0 run in the first half for the Longhorns.

On the other hand, Hunter turned the ball over too much and was inconsistent shooting from the field. He also had a limited impact on the defensive end of the floor after that first-half block that helped to spark a Texas run on the other end.

Hunter finished the game shooting 3-of-9 from the field, good for 11 points. Considering that most of Hunter’s attempts from the field and from deep were uncontested shots, he’ll need to improve his efficiency throughout non-conference play.

Another area of improvement for Hunter after the opener is taking care of the basketball as the primary ball-handler. He posted a game-high four turnovers, matching his assist total on the night.

There were still many positives to take away from Hunter’s first game in the backcourt with senior guard Max Abmas. They combined for nearly two-dozen points and shot well from deep while effectively running the transition offense.