2018 - 2019 Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% FT% 3P% EFG% PER
15.2 5.1 2.0 0.6 0.6 52.0 78.3 48.3 57.9 24.3
Sales Pitch
First-Team defense potential. Scratching the surface offensively with an incredibly underrated basketball IQ.
Background
There’s a reason why Virginia’s Men’s Basketball Team went from an embarrassing first-round exit against a #16 seed last year, to a National Championship this year. De’Andre Hunter is a big part of that reason. After missing last year’s tournament with an injury, Hunter returned to the Cavaliers for his Sophomore year, with the goal of improving his draft stock and chasing a shot at the National title. Check and check. After playing the “6th Man” role as a freshman, Hunter returned and was one of the most important pieces to this Virginia team. Chose Virginia over Maryland, Miami, NC State, and Notre Dame. Hunter played his high school basketball at Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia. Coming out of high school, De'Andre Hunter was ranked 72nd in the ESPN top 100.
Pro Comparison
A mix of Robert Covington and Thaddeus Young with a higher offensive ceiling
Positives

DEFENSIVE VERSATILITY

  • Has the ability to be a defensive weapon immediately as a rookie. Hunter possesses quick feet and uses his build and length to keep up with smaller and bigger opponents. Very strong in the low post. Doesn't give up much ground. Does a good job of defending smaller guards for the most part.

IMPROVING OFFENSIVE THREAT

  • From his Freshman year to his Sophomore year, showed remarkable improvements in the ability to create his own shot. Passing ability and decision making has improved drastically but still needs work. Very underrated driver when he has daylight. Has developed a respectable pull-up game off the dribble.

BASKETBALL IQ

  • Shows an awareness on both sides of the ball to make the right play. Excels defensively at anticipating what the offense wants to do. Makes a lot of highlight plays just off of reads. Good on rotations does a good job of limiting mistakes. Will make plenty of coaches happy with his ability to defend P&R's.

Negatives

QUESTIONABLE FEEL

  • His passing has improved throughout his years at Virginia, but he's prone to become a ball stopper at times. Will need to "speed-up" at the next level. Not a highlight maker on the defensive side of the ball. He is boring but good. Didn't rack up a lot of statistical numbers on the defensive side of the ball.

FINISHING ABILITY

  • While Hunter possesses freakish length and underrated athleticism, he struggles to finish around the rim against bigger defenders. With how his playing style projects to transition to the next level he's going to need to be able to finish against bigs. Would like to see him have more nastiness when going downhill.

OFFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

  • Produced consistent numbers for Virginia, but his offensive weaponry wasn't always there. Can be a bit of a streaky spot-up shooter from outside. Doesn't possess an explosive first step. Like most wings entering the NBA, ball-handling needs work. Can telegraph where he wants to go.

Overall
Even after missing out on last years NCAA Tournament with an injury, NBA Front Offices were reportedly intrigued with Hunter declaring for the draft regardless. Hunter made the wise decision to return to Virginia for another year and he's drastically improved his draft stock during this year. As of now, Hunter is projected to be a top 5 selection in this years NBA Draft. His calling card is going to be his ability on the defensive side of the ball, but Hunter has the offensive potential to blossom if his next team shows patience in his progression. A high basketball IQ player, who played for a prestigious program, some might argue that Hunter has earned the "safe" tag for his pro outcome.
Birthplace

Philadelphia, PA
United States

NBA Team
Draft Selection
4

De'Andre Hunter - Nov 6, 2018

De'Andre Hunter, bringing elite defensive to a neighborhood near you.
A talented multi-dimensional talent, Virginia Sophomore De'Andre Hunter could be a useful weapon at the next level.