Who needs college basketball insiders? De’Andre Hunter decided to break the story himself; on his Twitter page, the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year announced that he plans to return to Virginia for the 2018-19 season.
After much consideration, I have decided to return to school and not enter my name in the 2018 draft.
— Dre (@Dr_Dre14) April 20, 2018
Before missing Virginia’s NCAA Tournament loss to UMBC, due to a wrist injury, Hunter put together an excellent rookie season. In ACC play, Hunter shot 50 percent from the floor and scored nearly 11 points per game.
As I wrote earlier this week, Hunter’s defense — thanks in part to his 7-foot-2 wingspan — makes him a deeply intriguing NBA prospect. However, Hunter will return to Charlottesville; he will team up with Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome to form what should be one of the top teams in America next season.
Hunter puts that wingspan to use on offense, too; according to Synergy Sports, Hunter shot 60.9 percent (1.27 points per possession) on non-post-up attempts around the basket.
If Hunter planned to enter the 2018 NBA Draft, he had until this Sunday (April 22) to declare.