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Virginia star De’Andre Hunter declares for 2019 NBA Draft

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Virginia Cavaliers small forward De’Andre Hunter has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

After leading Virginia to the NCAA Tournament title, the 21-year-old Hunter announced he will turn pro on his Instagram account.

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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! 🧡💙

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Virginia fans will remember De’Andre Hunter for drilling a 3-pointer which tied the national championship game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 68 apiece with 12 seconds left in regulation.

Hunter continued his heroics in the extra session, making a 3-pointer from the right corner to seal Virginia’s 85-77 overtime victory. He finished with 27 points and nine boards in the game to give the Cavaliers their first national title in men’s basketball.

Hunter earned NABC National Defensive Player of the Year honors this past NCAA season. He averaged 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Cavaliers in his redshirt sophomore season.

Hunter joins the likes of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, Carsen Edward and Cam Reddish who have also declared for the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft in June.

It won’t surprise anybody if Hunter becomes a Top 10 selection in the draft. He may have played just two seasons of college ball, but his potential is sky-high. Make no mistake about it.

It should be interesting to see which team colors Hunter will wear in the NBA.