ACC Sixth Man of the Year De'Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been ruled out for the NCAA Tournament with a broken left wrist, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett announced Tuesday (March 13). Hunter injured the wrist in the ACC Tournament. Hunter is expected to make a full recovery and be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games, reached double figures 16 times and led the Cavaliers in scoring on six occasions.
The loss of Hunter is a crushing blow to a Virginia team in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history. His scoring high was 23 points in his fourth game, a 73-53 victory over Monmouth on November 19.
Hunter was a huge piece of the Cavaliers team that went 31-2, giving them much-needed bench scoring and a physical presence in their dominant defense.
When the bracket was released Sunday, the Virginia Cavaliers were given the tournament's No. 1 overall seed after winning both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles. Look for center Jack Salt and forwards Isaiah Wilkins and Mamadi Diakite to absorb most of Hunter's playing time. He played just 5 minutes in a first-round victory against North Carolina-Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament, and then not at all when Virginia lost 65-39 to Florida in the second round.
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