The 28th SuperDraft pick, Virginia defender Hunter Jumper celebrates winning the 2009 College Cup
Former Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer standout defender Hunter Jumper was selected as the No. 28 pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft today by Chicago Fire. Jumper becomes the first player to be drafted since 2010, when midfielder Tony Tchani was the No. 2 pick overall by New York Red Bulls, and Ross LaBauex went in the second round, No. 23 overall to Colorado Rapids. Forward Brian Ownby, who also participated in the 2012 Player Combine, was not drafted today.
At 6-foot-2, Jumper is complimented for his physicality, and many thought that Jumper was perhaps the best left tackle in this year's draft. He has the ability to hit the long ball with both distance and accuracy. Though he was injured at the Players Combine, asking to be taken out of Game 3, he should be slotted in as a great backup option for Chicago.
Texas native Jumper started in 17 games this season and had 79 starts during his career at Virginia. Of the 17, 15 starts were at left back, while two were at holding midfield. He had two goals and four assists this season, including two assists and a goal off a free kick in the ACC Quarterfinal victory over Wake Forest.
He was named to the ACC All-Tournament team for the third straight year, was named to the second-team All-NSCAA South Atlantic Region, and was also a Capital One Academic All-District first team honoree. He was one of 30 national nominees for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
The six-foot Virginia native Ownby had 12 starts this season, the first six at midfield and the last six at forward, replacing the injured Will Bates. He had six goals and two assists this season, earning him second-team All-ACC and third-team All-NSCAA South Atlantic Region honors. He had missed three games earlier this season due to injury. Ownby was also one of 21 players that represented the United States at the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
Unfortunately for Ownby, injuries also plagued his college career, and he was unable to find the back of the net at the combine.
Video highlights from both players at the 2012 MLS Player Combine follow the jump.
Hunter Jumper shows off his footwork:
Brian Ownby with a sweet spin move: