Virginia guard De’Andre Hunter announced he would forgo his final two years of college eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft in an Instagram video Monday.
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Being at the University of Virginia has been an amazing experience. From being a redshirt to winning a national championship, the journey has been unbelievable. I want to say thank you to Coach Bennett and the coaching staff for challenging me everyday to become not only a better basketball player but a better man off the court. I am forever grateful for them. Winning a national championship has always been a dream of mine and accomplishing that with this team is something I will never forget. Thank you to all the fans for your tremendous support. You guys will always be in my heart. My family has always been my backbone. I could never thank them enough for all of the work they have done for me. My mom, brother, and two sisters have always been there for me and without them I would not be the man I am today. I want to Thank God for blessing me with this unique opportunity. Playing NBA was always a lifelong dream, with that being said I would like to announce that I will be entering the NBA draft and signing an agent. UVA will always be a special place to me. Wahoowa! 🧡💙
Hunter, a redshirt sophomore, averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and two assists per game this season. The National Defensive Player of the Year, Hunter is an expected lottery selection in the draft.
The guard hit probably the two most consequential shots in Virginia history in the Cavaliers’ 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament championship game last Monday. He drilled a 3-pointer to knot the game at 68 with 12 seconds remaining in regulation then hit another long ball in overtime to give Virginia a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Virginia guard Ty Jerome, a junior, declared for this year’s draft earlier in the day.