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The college basketball offseason is in full effect and while the UNC basketball program hasn’t dipped into the transfer portal quite yet, that could change coming up.
Currently, the Tar Heels are waiting on a decision from second-year guard Caleb Love and what his future will look like. So until then, don’t expect North Carolina to get involved with anyone in the transfer portal.
But, there is one intriguing name that could be a good fit the the Tar Heels if Love were to head off to the NBA.
You need to have two game-changing point guards on the roster if you want to make a lot of noise in March. After Caleb Love erupted in the NCAA Tournament, there’s no guarantee that he will return to college. North Carolina could be in the mix for a game-changing ball-handler to pair with emerging R.J. Davis. Hunter fits North Carolina to a T. He’s totally fine making big shots. He defends. He’s super fast. Davis and Hunter would be ridiculously hard to stay in front of, and North Carolina would be in position to reload for another run even if Love departs.
Hunter is a 6-foot guard who averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game as a freshman last season for the Cyclones.
The Big 12 Freshman of the Year had seven games with at least 15 points and three 20+ point games. The best part of Hunter’s game is his playmaking. He had 17 games with more than five assists and seven games with at least seven assists.
Hunter is, however, a high assist and high turnover player. He was second in the Big 12 in assists, but also first in the conference in turnovers.
Time will tell whether or not North Carolina gets involved, but if Love were to leave, Hunter could be a good addition to a team that returns three starters from last year, including Armando Bacot, who is now a preseason Player of the Year candidate ahead of next season.
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