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Wisconsin basketball in pursuit of the transfer portal’s best point guard

Wisconsin basketball is among the programs that have reached out to former Texas transfer guard Tyrese Hunter, according to longtime basketball writer Gery Woelfel.

Hunter is a big swing by Greg Gard and his staff, needing to replace the production and leadership of transfer guard Chucky Hepburn. The former Texas and Iowa State guard is 247Sports’ No. 12 overall player in the transfer portal and No. 2 point guard.

Related: An updated look at Wisconsin basketball’s 2024-25 roster after Chucky Hepburn’s departure

The Badgers have a prior connection to Hunter. He is a Racine, Wisconsin native, though the program did not enter his high school recruitment. But the in-state connection, paired with a significant starting role on the 2024-25 team would be a big part of the program’s recruiting pitch.

The talented point guard played 32 minutes per game for the Longhorns in 2023-24, averaging 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals on 45% shooting.

Woelfel notes that both Wisconsin and Marquette are among the numerous programs to have reached out to Hunter after he entered the transfer portal on April 15.

Gard and his staff are in need of a jolt after star point guard Chucky Hepburn entered the transfer portal on Thursday. Hunter would provide that and then some, and would recalibrate the team’s expectations in 2024-25.

We’ve named him as one of the potential replacements for Hepburn. The question is: can Wisconsin win the recruiting battle?

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