De'Andre Hunter will miss NCAA Tournament with broken wrist

  • De'Andre Hunter will miss NCAA Tournament with broken wrist

De'Andre Hunter will miss NCAA Tournament with broken wrist

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 Benett announced Tuesday (March 13).

The school announced Tuesday that Hunter, a 6-foot-7 swingman who can also play guard, suffered the injury during the ACC Tournament, but did not say how. At 6-7, 222 pounds, the freshman has the length to guard almost every position on the floor, and he was also a spot-up shooter averaging 38.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

U.Va. - the NCAA tournament's No. 1 overall seed - opens play on Friday against 16th-seeded UMBC in Charlotte. A recovery timeline now projects Hunter will be healthy in 10-12 weeks.

This is the second straight year they have lost a key player late in the season. He reached double figures in 16 games.

Following U.Va.'s 71-63 win against North Carolina on Saturday night in Brooklyn, N.Y.in the ACC tournament championship game, Cavaliers team trainer Ethan Saliba worked on Hunter's left wrist as reporters entered the locker room for postgame interviews with players. His scoring high was 23 points in his fourth game, a 73-53 victory over Monmouth on November 19.