Hunter had his best week of his young career in leading Rice to a 1-1 record on the road this week. The freshman averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He connected on 58.3% (14-of-24) from the field, 66.7% (4-of-6) from three and 80.0% (8-of-10) from the free throw line.
Hunter began the week with a career game. The guard set career marks with 23 points, 10 field goals, two three-pointers, three steals and 37 minutes played while grabbing six rebounds His performance led the Owls to a 79-76 overtime victory at Florida Atlantic. His connected on 10-of 16 from the field and 2-of-4 from three.
Two days later, Hunter led Rice with 17 points and six rebounds at FIU. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was 4-of-8 from the field, 2-of-2 from three and a career-best 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Hunter becomes the first Owl to earn the award since the Owls won the award 11 times during the 2015-16 season.