Hunter picked at No. 4 in NBA Draft

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- DeAndre Hunter made one final bit of Virginia men's basketball history on Thursday night.

Hunter is headed to the Atlanta Hawks after getting selected at No. 4 overall in Thursday's NBA Draft. Hunter was introduced as a Los Angeles Lakers selection. He'll eventually trade that Lakers hat for a Hawks uniform after a pair of agreed-to trades -- one between Los Angeles and the New Orleans Pelicans, and a second between the Pelicans and Atlanta -- become official next month.

Hunter is the third UVA player all-time to be selected in the top five of the NBA Draft, joining Ralph Sampson (No. 1, 1983) and Wally Walker (No. 5, 1976). The redshirt sophomore guard is the eighth UVA player all-time selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, and the first since Justin Anderson went to the Dallas Mavericks at No. 21 overall in 2015.

Hunter averaged 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Wahoos this season, including 27 points in UVA's overtime win against Texas Tech in April's NCAA title game. In addition to earning first-team All-ACC honors and the league's defensive player of the year award, Hunter was also named national defensive player of the year by the NABC.

Hunter is one of three UVA players who left school early after winning the NCAA title, and could be selected in Thursday's draft. Ty Jerome is projected as a late first or early second round pick, while fellow junior guard Kyle Guy is a potential late second round selection.



 
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