DE’ANDRE HUNTER 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
CLASS: RED-SHIRT SOPHOMORE
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE LOTTERY
- Size (6’7 and 225lbs) and frame allows him to be a legitimate option at four different positions in the NBA
- Demonstrates a diverse offensive skillset that includes outside shooting (47%+ from three as a sophomore), creating his own shot, posting up smaller players, and making plays in transition
- Junkyard dog as a 1-on-1 defender, has elite upside in this area and could make a decade-long career off this skill alone
- Might not have one truly differentiating offensive skill which he can rely upon at the next level; destiny might be being the second or third offensive option for a team
- Seemingly lacks the elite athletic and/or physical tools and skills to make him a star at the NBA level
- Has been described a “shy” and “quiet,” and might be perceived as lacking the ‘Alpha Dog’ personality needed in NBA locker rooms
After a mid-February defeat at the hands of De’Andre Hunter and the University of Virginia Cavaliers, University of Notre Dame issued one an eyebrow-raising comparison for Hunter, comparing his ability to break down man-to-man defenses, attack the bucket, and draw a ton of calls along the way to that of LeBron James. Obviously, that’s the loftiest of lofty comparisons, but even invoking such a comparison has to be tantalizing for anyone in the range of the NBA Draft where they could add Hunter to their team.
Standing 6’7 and 225lbs but used as one of the primary offensive creators in Charlottesville, Hunter will offer the positional versatility that so defines today’s NBA game. He could easily be used in the 1-3 positions in bigger lineups, or play as the “small ball 4” with equal effectiveness. But more notably, he can lock down all four of those positions like a state-of-the-art security system. Hunter is one of the foundation pillars of Tony Bennett’s suffocating defensive scheme; given that, his overall combination of two-way skills are as good as anyone in this draft class.
Hunter’s only real limitation might be that he lacks the off-the-charts athletic abilities that so many NBA teams covet, and that the “amount of talent” left to developed might not be as vast as some of the more raw physical specimens. But if you’re looking for a versatile wing player with a professorial-level basketball IQ who can shoot the three, defend with zeal, give you every ounce of his heart and soul on the floor, and establish a culture in the locker room, that’s De’Andre Hunter.
Hunter is a player that you need to watch a few times to appreciate what he does on the basketball court. Given his 2-way prowess, we believe he will be a late lottery selection when the 2019 NBA Draft begins in June. He can come in as a rookie and provide solid minutes to his future NBA team. He should carve out a nice career as a 3 and D player, perhaps even more.
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