Mississippi State basketball must be aware of Aundre Hyatt's versatility for Rutgers

Aundre Hyatt's versatility and experience make him a dangerous weapon for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as they face the Mississippi State men's basketball team.
Dec 16, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Long Island Sharks guard Ahmed Essahaty (21) dribbles
Dec 16, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Long Island Sharks guard Ahmed Essahaty (21) dribbles / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Aundre Hyatt has been a huge boost to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this season. A former member of the LSU Tigers who made his way to New Jersey via the transfer portal, Hyatt has been really solid for the Scarlet Knights and the Mississippi State basketball team will need to account for him in this game.

Statistically speaking, Hyatt isn’t exactly the most explosive or remarkable player offensively, but it’s still clear the he provides Rutgers as an experienced and versatile weapon. So far this year, Hyatt is averaging 11.5 points per game to go along with 5.6 rebounds per game and a steal per game. 

He’s not the main focal point of everything that Rutgers wants to do offensively, but he’s a consistent contributor and also the Scarlet Knights’ most potent and consistent three point shooting threat. This year, Hyatt has hit a team-leading 19 three point shots. 

He hasn’t exactly shown that he can take over a game on his own, but he’s a valuable team player who can help swing a game’s outcome.

Mississippi State basketball must keep tabs on Aundre Hyatt

Interestingly enough, though Hyatt played for the LSU Tigers for a few years, he actually hasn’t spent much time facing off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. There was a game in 2021 where Hyatt scored seven points in 18 minutes, but that’s the extent of his playing time vs. the Bulldogs so far in his career. 

This will be the first time that he really gets to show MSU basketball fans just how good he can be.

And it’s interesting to note that so far this is arguably the best year he’s had in his career. His 11.5 points per game are the most he’s averaged. He’s also got career highs in rebounds, steals, and assists.

So, he’s continuing to get better as his career continues and it seems plausible that his experience can make Hyatt a legitimate threat against the Bulldogs.