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De’Andre Hunter’s high school coach claims Hawks rookie is ‘going to be way more than just a 3-and-D guy in the NBA’

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Atlanta Hawks rookie De’Andre Hunter’s high school coach, Ryan Tozer, says Hunter is “going to be way more than just a 3-and-D guy in the NBA.”

Tozer says Hunter wasn’t able to showcase his full offensive repertoire at Virginia and can score the ball better than a lot of people think.

“I would not be the least bit shocked if he’s a guy in a few years who is averaging 16 to 18 points a game, almost double-figure rebounds and playing great defense,” Tozer said, via Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. “I think that’s the type of trajectory he’s going to have when he gets a year or two under his belt.

“I think he’s going to be way more than just a 3-and-D guy in the NBA because he is so skilled offensively. The way they play at Virginia, he wasn’t able to showcase a lot of the times how he plays on that side of the floor. He could take guys off the dribble. He can get to the rim and finish with both hands. He was a 45 percent 3-point shooter in high school and was a 42-percent 3-point shooter in college. You’re talking about a guy who is shooting over 40 percent from 3 in the best league in college basketball. I think that’ll translate well in the NBA.”

The Hawks drafted De’Andre Hunter with the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft. They traded up to get him, so Atlanta is counting on Hunter to be an impact player right away.

Hunter averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season at Virginia while shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Hunter led Virginia to the NCAA championship. In Atlanta, Hunter is joining a solid young core headlined by Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter and fellow rookie Cam Reddish.