Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from UT's defensive gem vs. UNCG

Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball
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Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball
Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Stud: Tyrese Hunter, G

This was hands down the best performance of the season for junior guard Tyrese Hunter. He was Texas's best player by far in this game, especially on the offensive end of the floor. This was the best version and most confident version of Hunter we've seen handling the ball in transition and on offense too this season.

Hunter led the way for the Longhorns on the offensive end with a game and season-high 23 points on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Hunter was money shooting from every level of the offensive halfcourt on this night.

This was also an extremely impressive performance from Hunter facilitating the offense and distributing the basketball. He made so many nice passes to rack up a season-high seven dimes in the win over UNCG.

Hunter managed turnovers well, turning the ball over just once to go along with his seven assists.

Last but not least, Hunter was extremely effective on the glass. He brought down six rebounds, one off tying a season-high he posted in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 22.

All in all, Hunter has played some of his best basketball in the last four contests. He's been a huge part of this four-game winning streak the Longhorns have built heading into the final game of non-conference play on Jan. 1 at home against the UT-Arlington Mavericks.

Hunter has scored in the double figures while registering at least 11 points and four assists in each of the last four contests. He's also done so while shooting over 40 percent from deep and better than 50 percent from the field in those four games.

If this is the version of Hunter Texas is getting for the start of Big 12 play, this team will be in good shape heading into January.

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