After leaving UNLV in 1991, Anderson Hunt played basketball in France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Venezuela. Today Hunt Lives in Detroit, Michigan and works in real estate. His basketball career may have been global but no one can forget the 1990 final four run on the record books as the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels went undefeated.
Hunt was a star shooting guard on UNLV's NCAA championship team in 1990. He scored 29 points in a 103-73 rout of Duke in the final and was voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
A year later, after the Rebels lost to the Blue Devils in the Final Four, Hunt left school as a junior and declared for the NBA Draft. He exited against the wishes of his coach, Jerry Tarkanian, and went undrafted, leading to his overseas tour.
Tarkanian wanted Hunt to replace Greg Anthony and play point guard during the 1991-92 season. It seemed like a smart move because Hunt was too short to be a shooting guard. What people didn't realize is Anderson was a great defender. If he stayed another year and played point, there was no doubt in my mind he would have made the NBA.
Everyone assumes Hunt left school early because he was going to be connected to losing the NCAA tournament game against Duke on purpose in 1991. In May 1991, the Review-Journal published photos of Hunt with teammates David Butler and Moses Scurry in a hot tub with known sports fixer Richard Perry. In October 1993, Hunt was arrested for marijuana possession in connection with a traffic stop and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
It’s a shame Hunt never got it together and became the basketball player I knew he could be. In 2000 Hunt came in off the street in a city league game and scored 45 points and he hadn’t touched a basketball in two years. Later that year, at the age of 31, he went to the Magic Johnson summer league in Los Angeles to rekindle his basketball career. Funny thing was he averaged 23 a game, plus six assists, plus four rebounds and three steals despite being out of shape.
After his retirement from basketball, Hunt worked at the Burger Palace located inside the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He is currently involved in Detroit's real estate market and is working toward finishing his degree
When Miles Simon and the 1997 Arizona Wildcats beat powerhouse Kentucky in the national championship, they became the first and only team to ever beat three No. 1 seeds in a single tournament. Simon -- who was awarded as the Most Outstanding Player -- would become a second-round pick of the Orlando Magic in the 1998 NBA Draft.
Despite being a second round pick, He was a second round pick (42nd overall) Simon managed to see time in five games in 1998-1999 before being cut. Simon would bounce around for the next five years, playing in leagues in Israel, Italy, and Venezuela, as well minor leagues in the US (random fact - playing for the CBA's Dakota Wizards in 2001-2002, he was named League MVP, Playoffs MVP, and Newcomer of the Year). He had some tryouts with NBA teams (the Clippers in 2001, the Sonics in 2002), but was unable to latch on with them.
After the 2002-2003 season, Simon suffered a horrific knee injury playing pick-up basketball - he tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus, forcing him to be sidelined for more than 12 months. He attempted a comeback in 2004, playing in Turkey before joining on with the Nuggets, but he didn't make it past their summer league team.
Today Simon is working as an ESPN analyst for ESPN and a spokesman for Powerade “Power Through” campaign.
It was good to see these guys are making a life outside of hoops. Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!