De'Andre Hunter

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De'Andre Hunter
De'Andre Hunter.jpg
Hunter in February 2019
No. 12 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 (age 21)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolFriends' Central School
(Wynnewood, Pennsylvania)
CollegeVirginia (2017–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentAtlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

De'Andre James Hunter (born December 1, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Virginia Cavaliers where they won the National Championship in 2019.

High school career[edit]

Hunter attended Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. As a junior, he averaged 21.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, while being named Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year. As a senior in 2016, Hunter averaged 23.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. Hunter was rated as a four-star recruit and ranked as the 72nd overall recruit and 14th best small forward in the 2016 high school class.[1]

On September 12, 2015, Hunter committed to Virginia, choosing UVA over other offers from NC State & Notre Dame.[2]

College career[edit]

During his redshirt freshman season, Hunter scored double figures in 16 games, including in 11 conference games. During a game against Louisville, Hunter scored the final 3 pointer to win the game at the buzzer.[3] Hunter broke his wrist during the 2018 ACC tournament and could not play in the 2018 NCAA tournament.[4] Without Hunter, the number 1 seed Virginia went on to lose in the first round to the number 16 seed, UMBC. After this season, Hunter was named to the All-ACC All-Freshman team, as well as being named the ACC Sixth man of the year.[5] In his freshman season, Hunter posted 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Hunter later announced that he would return to Virginia for the 2018-2019 season despite speculation that he could declare for the 2018 NBA draft.[6]

In his sophomore season, Hunter averaged 15.2 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game. He helped lead Virginia to another #1 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Virginia would win the 2019 Championship game 85-77 behind Hunter's 27 points and 9 rebounds, including a game tying 3 with 12.9 seconds left in regulation.

Following his second season, Hunter announced his intention to forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA draft, where he was taken 4th overall by the Pelicans and later traded to the Atlanta Hawks.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2019–present)[edit]

On June 20, 2019, Hunter was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 4th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade and then again to the Atlanta Hawks along with Solomon Hill in exchange for picks Nos. 8, 17 and 35 in the 2019 Draft.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Virginia 33 0 19.9 .488 .382 .755 3.5 1.1 .6 .4 9.2
2018–19 Virginia 38 38 32.5 .520 .438 .783 5.1 2.0 .6 .6 15.2
Career 71 38 26.6 .509 .419 .773 4.4 1.6 .6 .5 12.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DeAndre Hunter - basketball recruiting - player profiles". www.espn.com. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "DeAndre Hunter to Virginia: Cavaliers land 4-star SG Prospect". www.bleacherreport.com. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Carroll, Charlotte (March 1, 2018). "Watch: No. 1 Virginia Beats Louisville Despite Being Down 4 With a Second Left". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Rollins, Khadrice (March 13, 2018). "Virginia's De'Andre Hunter Will Miss NCAA Tournament Due to Broken Wrist". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "ACC ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM, POSTSEASON AWARDS". theacc.com. March 4, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Norlander, Matt (April 20, 2018). "De'Andre Hunter, who might have been a first-round pick in this year's NBA Draft, is returning to Virginia". CBS Sports. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Josh Needleman (April 15, 2019). "Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter declares for NBA Draft". dailyprogress.com.

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