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Projected lottery pick De’Andre Hunter declares for 2019 NBA Draft

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Virginia forward joins teammate Ty Jerome among early entrants to upcoming draft

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Just hours after teammate Ty Jerome announced he would be entering the 2019 NBA Draft, Virginia Cavaliers small forward De’Andre Hunter followed suit, also with an Instagram video.

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.