Wisconsin-Green Bay junior guard Hunter Crist entered his name into the transfer portal after three years with the school.
Crist, a 6-3 guard from Indiana, could never get the minutes he thought he deserved, especially following a promising freshman season, where he scored in double-figures four times, including scoring 10 points on the Missouri Tigers from the SEC.
After graduating college in three years, Crist thought it was best that he continue his education and athletic pursuits elsewhere and he will be granted immediate eligibility.
“I didn’t see myself being there. Especially going into my last year with a limited role that I thought I was going to have,” he explained. “So, I thought it was time to start fresh and do what’s best for myself.”
Crist played in a total of 89 games for Green Bay and started seven. In his final season with the program, Crist rarely got significant minutes to make his mark on the floor and that was the biggest factor in him deciding to leave.
He finished his junior season averaging 2.0 points, 1.5 assist and 1.3 rebounds in limited minutes.”
“I definitely want a bigger role,” he said. “I definitely want to make plays and do whatever I can to help my team win with myself on the court.”
A few schools have already reached out to the graduate transfer, who has immediate eligibility. He does want to find a new home in a timely manner, but due to the current climate in the world today, that has made his pursuits difficult.
One thing that he’s doing about that is just being proactive with his film and utilizing technology in a way that will benefit him in the long run.
“It definitely puts a spin on things,” he said of the coronavirus derailing his recruitment. “Most people that I’ve talked to said that everything is probably going to be done over the phone because schools aren’t letting recruits come to campus.”
Crist comes from Don Bosco Prep (IN) where he did just about everything on the floor. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.7 assist and 3.8 rebounds per game in his final year.
He also shot 40-percent from three and showed his versatility by playing both guard spots. Crist has been patient with the process but now he finally feels it’s his time and he’s going to bring that demeanor plus a lot more to the next program that welcomes him.
“I have a lot of experience. I’m a great leader and I’m willing to help my team in any way I can,” Crist explained. “I’m very vocal, I’m a true point guard that can facilitate and get my teammates involved, and I can shoot the ball very well. “
“Overall, work ethic…you have to outwork guys and I’ve had that mentality all my life and I’ll just carry that on to my next school.”
Crist is hoping that his future opportunities will see his leadership and experience as a plus and not lean so much on his limited role. He had great momentum following his freshman year but got buried on the bench.
He would be a great addition for any team looking for a point guard that will help bridge a gap.