Virginia's DeAndre Hunter to Miss NCAA Tournament After Suffering Wrist Injury

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

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. A recovery timeline now projects Hunter will be healthy in 10-12 weeks.

Although he did not start any games, Hunter averaged just under 20 minutes and played 20, 20 and 18 minutes in three ACC Tournament games with a bandaged left (non-shooting) hand.

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.

Interestingly, the No. 5 seeds (Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia and Clemson) have the highest average head coach salary in the tournament, at around $5.15 million per year.

Hunter's emergence as a versatile scoring threat was a huge part of that success.

The most memorable moment of Hunter's season was the dramatic game-winning 3-pointer he banked in at the buzzer to beat Louisville on March 1. The 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman averaged 12.3 points per game since January 3, scoring both from the low block and from behind the arc.

Hunter was named ACC Co-Rookie of the Week following his 22-point performance at Miami on February 18.

Without Hunter, Virginia becomes less versatile on both ends of the floor.

The Cavaliers, the top seed in the South Region, open NCAA Tournament play Friday night against UMBC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hunter was the primary player off the bench, and, at times, was UVa's most effective weapon.

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