The 2017-18 ACC Sixth Man of the Year is coming back to help Virginia redeem itself after a disappointing end to a magical season.
Redshirt freshman guard De’Andre Hunter announced Friday via Twitter that he will forgo the 2018 NBA Draft and return to school.
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
Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 38.2 percent from behind the 3-point line. He was a top-100 prospect in this draft class, according to ESPN.
The Philadelphia native was an integral part of a Virginia team that set the program record for wins with 31 and became the first Cavaliers team to ascend to a No. 1 ranking since the 1982-83 season. Virginia won the ACC regular season championship and tournament.
Hunter suffered a broken wrist during the ACC Tournament, forcing him to miss the NCAA Tournament. Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a 16-seed when it fell to UMBC in the Round of 64.
With Hunter returning, the Cavaliers will have one of the best backcourts in the country next season. Rising juniors Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, two of Virginia’s three leading scorers from last season, will also be back.