Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Virginia to play NCAAs without freshman sixth man De'Andre Hunter

Virginia to play NCAAs without freshman sixth man De'Andre Hunter

Virginia Cavaliers freshman guard De'Andre Hunter will be out for the 2018 NCAA tournament after suffering a broken wrist in the ACC tournament, the school announced Tuesday.

Hunter, earlier chosen ACC Sixth Man of the Year, apparently suffered the injury before or during the ACC Tournament this past weekend and will undergo surgery Monday. He is not expected to play again for at least 10 to 12 weeks.

Anderson was more integral to that Virginia team than Hunter is this season, but it's another example of bad luck hitting head coach Tony Bennett at the worst possible time. U.Va was a No. 2 seed in the '15 tournament, and a No. 5 seed in last season's tournament, and lost in the second round in both seasons.


Hunter, whose banked-in, buzzer-beating 3-pointer at Louisville might be the single most memorable play of the Cavaliers' magic season to date, averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games and was also named to the ACC's all-rookie team. He reached double figures in 16 games and was Virginia's leading scorer in six contests.

He scored his season-high 23 points November 19 in U.Va.'s 73-53 win against Monmouth.

With Hunter out, U.Va. will likely rely even more on key bench players Nigel Johnson at guard and Mamadi Diakite at forward.

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