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ZACK WAJSGRAS/THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter (12) reacts after defeating Auburn in the Final Four 63-62 to advance to the National Championship at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday.

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.

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.

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