CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Following a stellar season that culminated in a National Championship victory, UVA's De'Andre Hunter announced via Instagram that he will declare for the NBA Draft.
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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 is coming off of a season in which he averaged 15.2 points per game, good for second on the team behind Kyle Guy and a six-point increase from his freshman year at UVA. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
Many scouts and draft experts have projected Hunter to be a lottery pick in the NBA's draft in June.
Hunter's final game was one he'll probably remember for life as he finished with 27 points to go with 9 rebounds in the Cavaliers' National Championship win.