Virginia's De'Andre Hunter will miss NCAA Tournament with broken left wrist

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The university announced freshman forward DeAndre Hunter will miss the NCAA Tournament, having suffered a broken wrist in the ACC Tournament.

Hunter is a 6-foot-7 pro prospect who won ACC Sixth Man of the Year.

Head coach Tony Bennett had multiple media availabilities on Tuesday morning and offered no indication of Hunter's injury, which occurred during the ACC Tournament, according to UVa's announcement.

The situation is somewhat reminiscent to when Justin Anderson missed time toward the end of the 2014-15 season with a broken finger.




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. Hunter logged 18 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points against that game.

Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.

The loss of Hunter is a crushing blow to a Virginia team in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history.

Hunter's departure leaves No. 1 seed Virginia (31-2) with only seven rotation players heading into the NCAA Tournament. 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.

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