NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Virginia loses De'Andre Hunter to broken wrist

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2018

Virginia freshman forward De'Andre Hunter will miss the NCAA Tournament with a broken left wrist, according to several reports.

Hunter, a 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman guard, suffered the left wrist injury during the ACC tournament, according to a news release from U.Va.'s athletic department. Hunter's broken wrist also means U.Va. will head into its third NCAA tournament in the last four seasons while dealing with a significant injury. He will undergo surgery Monday and be out 10-12 weeks.

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

During his first season with the Cavaliers, Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games. He also had 22 points in a victory at Miami on February 18.

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.

Virginia's NCAA Tournament is not off to a good start.

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

The injury likely will shorten the Cavs' rotation to seven players, but more importantly takes away a valuable offensive weapon for a team that relies on slowing down the game and grinding teams down with their "Pack Line" defense rather than outscoring their opponents.

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