2019 NBA Draft Profile: De’Andre Hunter
De’Andre Hunter is a long, competitive forward with significant potential as a floor spacer and multi-positional defender coming off a stellar 27-point performance in Virginia’s National Championship Game victory. A consensus top-100 player in the high school class of 2016 out of Friends’ Central School, Hunter redshirted his freshman year before making an instant impact averaging 9.2 points and 3.5 to earn ACC Sixth Man of the Year honors in his second year under Tony Bennett. He emerged as one of the Cavaliers’ most important players late that season before breaking his wrist in the ACC Tournament. This season, Hunter showed significant improvement averaging 15.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists per game providing versatility on both ends within Virginia’s system earning All-American nods from multiple outlets before keying the Cavalier’s National Championship victory.
- Has good size for a modern forward listed at 6’8 with a strong 225-pound frame to go along with a 7’2 wingspan and good all-around athleticism.
- Played a unique role within Tony Bennett’s methodical offense spending time setting screens and running off them while also given the green light to exploit mismatches one-on-one. Scored with almost comprehensive efficiency in a complementary role making shots at a strong rate from the perimeter, scoring opportunistically moving without the ball, and even proved effective creating for himself from the mid-post.
- Created a fair amount of offense for himself last season getting 14% of his possessions on Isolations and 11% on Post Ups but played primarily off the ball getting another 26% of his possessions on Spot Ups, 8% on Off Screens, and 13% on Cuts. A true inside-outside scorer both on and off the ball. Played one of the more unique roles in college basketball on paper.
- Scored a large portion of his points as a floor spacer, but otherwise played a very versatile role for the Cavaliers. Flashed potential as a threat from the mid-range and beyond the arc as a freshman, but really blossomed as a shooter expanding his range this season. Still shot a lot of mid-range jumpers off the catch with almost half of his perimeter attempts coming inside the three-point line—but scored 1.284 points per catch and shoot jump shot [90th percentile] as he proved very accurate from beyond the arc as well. Does not have the quickest release, but has very smooth, reliable mechanics. Attempted few pull-up jumpers and scored 0.774 points per dribble jumper [49th percentile] as he prefers to take the ball hard to the rim off the dribble but flashes some ability to create his own shot in the mid-range.
- Had some impressive moments using his combination of length and athleticism to seek out angles and finish around the rim. Scored 1.292 points per shot around the rim in the half court [79th percentile] finding his touch and tenacity inside after a slow start to the year in that regard. Keeps things simple as a slasher. Will try to dunk over defenders with a head of steam, take what the defense gives him with assertive straight-line drives through contact, move intelligently off the ball, and go up strong to convert drop passes.
- Plays a very low-mistake style seldom trying to do too much moving the ball willingly and embracing his role.
- Ranked 5th in the ACC in Isolation scoring (1.7 ppg)
- Promising, committed defender who holds up well guarding multiple positions at the point of attack. Goes straight up inside with good discipline, often guarded the opposing team’s best scorer one-through-four last season, and embraced the nuances of one of college basketball best defenses. Length, strength, and agility afford him significant versatilty projecting ahead.
- Guarded and rotated with discipline deep into the shot clock and took few risks trying to make plays.