UVA's Hunter & Jerome entering NBA Draft

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia redshirt sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter and junior guard Ty Jerome are both entering the NBA Draft. The announcements were made Monday via Instagram.

Hunter, who is considered to be a potential lottery pick, scored 27 points in the National Championship game to lead the Cavaliers to their first-ever national title. The Philadelphia, PA native averaged 15.2 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest during the 2018-2019 season.

Jerome, a 6'5" guard from New Rochelle, NY, averaged 13.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and a team-high 5.4 assists per game during the 2018-2019 season.

Jerome is projected to be a late first-round pick by most NBA mock drafts.

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The last three years at Virginia have been everything I could have dreamed of in a college experience. When Coach Bennett recruited me he said he would never stop challenging me to improve, on and off the court - and he meant it. He did that every single day, and he made me a better basketball player and better man. I am eternally grateful to him and the entire coaching staff, and fans. I also want to give a special thank you to our strength coach, coach Curtis and our athletic trainer, Ethan Saliba; the best in the business! I came to Virginia to win a national championship and to be able to do that with my brothers is a dream come true. And to the best fans in college basketball - we would not have done it without you. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank my mom, dad, brother and entire family. The time, effort and love they have given me is truly a gift, and I would not have had this opportunity without them. I have had a ball in my hand basically since the day I was born. My dream has always been to play in the NBA. Therefore, after speaking with my family and coaches and giving it a lot of thought, I know it’s the right time to announce that I will be entering the NBA draft and signing with an agent. I will forever be a wahoo�� UVA, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

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Being at the University of Virginia has been an amazing experience. From being a redshirt to winning a national championship, the journey has been unbelievable. I want to say thank you to Coach Bennett and the coaching staff for challenging me everyday to become not only a better basketball player but a better man off the court. I am forever grateful for them. Winning a national championship has always been a dream of mine and accomplishing that with this team is something I will never forget. Thank you to all the fans for your tremendous support. You guys will always be in my heart. My family has always been my backbone. I could never thank them enough for all of the work they have done for me. My mom, brother, and two sisters have always been there for me and without them I would not be the man I am today. I want to Thank God for blessing me with this unique opportunity. Playing NBA was always a lifelong dream, with that being said I would like to announce that I will be entering the NBA draft and signing an agent. UVA will always be a special place to me. Wahoowa! 🧡💙

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