Throwback Thursday: Anderson Hunt

Anderson Hunt

When you think of the UNLV Rebels basketball team in the late 80s and early 90s, the first name you think of is Larry Johnson. But another critical piece to that team was guard Anderson Hunt.

UNLV

Hunt spent three years at UNLV, as a freshman Hunt averaged 12 points per game and shot 39 percent from the field. Also, he shot 36 percent from three-point land. In the 1989-90 season, Hunt averaged 15.9 points, and 4.1 assists per game as the Running Rebels won the NCAA Championship against Duke 103-73. In the Regional final against Arizona, Hunt made a huge three-point to give the Rebels the win. Against Duke, Hunt scored 29 points and was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

In his Junior season, which was his final season as a Rebel. Hunt averaged a career-high in points with 17.2 points per game. That season the Rebels looked to repeat as champions but ended up falling short to Duke in the championship game.

After his Junior season, Hunt left school to head to the NBA draft. Jerry Tarkanian, UNLV’s coach at the time, did not support the decision. He wanted the Rebel’s star guard to return and play point guard for the team.

Post-UNLV

In the 1991 NBA draft, Anderson Hunt was not selected. The four other UNLV Rebels were selected, Larry Johnson (No.1), Stacey Augmon (No.9), Greg Anthony (No.12), and George Ackles (No.29) Hunt ended getting chosen by the La Crosse Catbirds in the second round of the Continental Basketball Association draft. Hunt spent some time in the Washington Bullets training camp but did not make the team. After his time there, Hunt went on to play in Turkey, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and France before calling it quits.

At UNLV, Hunt was known for his ability to defend, his soft jump shot, and his ability to run the court and get breakaway layups. Hunt finished his career as a Rebel with 283 three-pointers, 387 assists, and 1,632 points.

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