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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 redshirted his freshman year out of Friends’ Central in Philadelphia, then took the ACC by storm in 2018. The NABC National Defensive Player of the Year in 2019—and member of the Final Four All-Tournament Team—shut down fellow top prospect Jarrett Culver in the national title game while powering UVA to its first ever championship in men’s basketball.
Hunter will leave Charlottesville with 882 career points on almost 42 percent three-point shooting and a career field goal percentage over 50 percent.
Jerome and Hunter were half of the Cavaliers’ stellar 2016 recruiting class, which also featured Kyle Guy and Jay Huff.