Ex-Purdue guard to stay in state, transferring to Big East program
Former Purdue guard Eric Hunter Jr. won’t be travelling far from West Lafayette to finish out his college basketball career.
Per Brian Neubert of Gold and Black Illustrated, Hunter is transferring to Butler to conclude his career on the hardwood. He entered his name into the transfer portal following the end of the 2021-22 season.
Hunter was a major contributor for the Boilermakers since his arrival for the 2018-19 season. He emerged as one of the top defensive players in the B1G over his career, earning B1G All-Defensive Team honors at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.
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Hunter appeared in 128 games during his four seasons at Purdue, making 74 starts. His most productive year statistically came in 2019-20 when he averaged a career-best 10.6 points per game. Hunter’s 3.3 rebounds per contest were also a high mark for his career.
Last season, Hunter started in 19 games for the Boilers and played in 37. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2 assists per contest. He’ll leave Purdue with 842 career points.
Because of the COVID-19 waiver, Hunter will have one more year of eligibility to use at Butler.
Butler is welcoming back Thad Matta to the sidelines, making the hire official earlier this offseason.