DeAndre Hunter has committed to the University of Virginia. The 6’7″, 185-pound Friends’ Central (Wynnewood, PA) senior small forward tweeted the news while in Charlottesville on an official visit.
— Dre (@Dr_Dre14) September 13, 2015
Hunter claims the final available scholarship spot in Virginia’s class of 2016, joining combo guard Kyle Guy, point guard Ty Jerome and forward Jay Huff. All four recruits are rated on the 4-star level by at least one of the four major recruiting outlets (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports). Hunter is a consensus 4-star recruit and rated no. 67 overall in the nation in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com.
Over 20 Division 1 schools offered Hunter, who rounded back to form his junior season and in AAU play this year after missing his entire sophomore season and most of the 2014 AAU campaign after suffering a broken leg in the fall of 2013.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett offered a scholarship in late July. Hunter responded by taking an unofficial visit to Charlottesville in early August.
“DeAndre has been on the high-major radar probably since the 9th grade,” Philly Pride AAU Director Amauro Austin said in an interview with TheSabre earlier this summer. “Now, a lot of big-time schools came to see him when he was on our 15-and-under team. The big boys came to see him. They liked what they saw. Going into his 10th grade season, he was doing something with his high school team and he broke his leg. That put him out for his whole sophomore season. He played in three events last summer (2014), but he didn’t get cleared to play until June. The only high-major willing to offer from what he had done in the past was NC State. Others liked him but needed to see more. He still favored his right leg some last summer. What people saw this year was the real DeAndre Hunter. He was always a top 75 type of player. Now that he is fully healthy, he is probably a top 40 national prospect.”
Austin described Hunter as a player who “doesn’t do one great thing but does an abundance of things really, really well. He has a pro type of game on offense. He does a lot of work before he catches. He is a thinking man’s basketball player. He can shoot, has range, is a good passer, and he is a very good athlete. And he’s a clean cut kid. He’s an A-one kid.”
Future official visits to Oklahoma State, Miami and Notre Dame were scheduled before today’s commitment. Those trips presumably will be cancelled, but we’ll find out for sure from Hunter in the coming days.
With Hunter in the fold, UVa’s 2016/2017 season roster now looks like this:
Point Guards: London Perrantes (SR), Darius Thompson (JR), Ty Jerome (FR)
Posts: Austin Nichols (RS JR), Isaiah Wilkins (JR), Jarred Reuter (SOPH), Jack Salt (SOPH), Mamadi Diakite (RS FR), Jay Huff (FR)
Check out highlights of UVa’s newest commit below. The video is from Courtside Films.