Wisconsin Herd: Getting to know the 11 expansion draft picks

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Vince Hunter

With their first pick, the Herd selected a player with a taste of proven G League success, a standout Summer League showing, and a strong pedigree from international play.

Vince Hunter is a 23-year-old forward who went undrafted out of the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015, but has since shown himself to be an incredibly effective and productive professional basketball player.

As Chris Reichert of 2 Ways & 10 Days wrote in reacting to the Herd’s choice to pick Hunter:

"“Vince Hunter is a damn monster. He was the only player two years ago to average at least 21/11 (minimum 10 games played) and was robbed when he wasn’t named Rookie of the Year. He bolted mid-season for Greece and then spent last year in Russia. Now he looks like he may make another run at the NBA and one would assume Wisconsin made sure he would be back before using their first pick on him.”"

As Reichert alluded to, Hunter averaged 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 32 games with the Reno Big Horns in 2015-16.

While across 26 games with Russia’s Avtodor Saradov last season, he also averaged 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Still, currently a free agent, there’s a real chance that Hunter could suit up for the Herd this season, which should be a real cause of excitement for fans in the Fox Valley area.