BEAUMONT, Tex. — ‘I’m comin’ home”.
Jordan Hunter hails from Beaumont, Texas, but decided to move away from home for college, committing to the New Mexico Lobos out of high school. After two seasons in Albuquerque, the 5’11” guard opted to transfer following the 2016-17 campaign.
Last Thursday, Hunter wrapped up a visit with his hometown team from the Southland Conference, the Lamar Cardinals. A day later, he tweeted about a workout with current Lamar guard Zjori Bosha.
The writing was on the wall for a hometown reunion for Hunter, and the decision came just four days after his visit.
On Monday, Hunter took to Twitter to announce his decision with three simple words to kick off the tweet.
“I’m comin’ home”.
Hunter appeared in 29 games last season for the Lobos, who finished the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 17-14, and 10-8 in Mountain West action.
In 19.8 minutes of floor time per night, Hunter averaged 5.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per contest. He shot 45.0% from the floor and an impressive 84.9% (45-of-53) from the free throw line.
While he didn’t shoot a whole lot from beyond the arc, Hunter did shoot 43.5% (20-of-46) from three point range for the year. If his tweet about a 400-shot workout with Bosha are any indication, his jumper will be vastly improved by the time he becomes eligible for the Cardinals.
In 2016-17, Hunter reached double digit points on three occasions. He put up a pair of 10-point performances, one on November 24th against the Virginia Tech Hokies, and the other against the UTEP Miners on December 7th. Against the Miners, Hunter added six assists and four rebounds in a Lobos’ victory.
His season high last year was 11 points, which he recorded on January 14th against the Boise State Broncos in conference play.
The Cardinals have had a strong showing on the transfer market this off-season. The addition of Hunter was their fourth pickup. Hunter joins UIC transfer Michael Kolawole and James Madison transfer Vince ‘VJ’ Holmes as the transfers who have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations.
Hunter will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting with the 2018-19 season.
Lamar also added Louisiana Tech transfer Da’Shawn Robinson, who is immediately eligible in 2017-18 for Tic Price and company.
– T. Bennett