Virginia's Hunter declares for NBA draft
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Virginia forward De'Andre Hunter declared for the NBA draft on Monday, using his Instagram account to announce his intentions.

Hunter added he will be signing an agent, and is a projected top-five pick, according to ESPN.

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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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The 6-foot-7 sophomore was a key figure in the Cavaliers' run to the national championship. He led all scorers with 27 points and had nine rebounds in Virginia's NCAA Tournament final win over Texas Tech.

Hunter averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds during the regular season, and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Virginia's Hunter declares for NBA draft
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