De"ANDRE HUNTER

2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT (De’ANDRE HUNTER)

De"ANDRE HUNTER

2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

DE’ANDRE HUNTER

DE’ANDRE HUNTER 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report

COLLEGE: VIRGINIA

HEIGHT: 6’7″

WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS

POSITION: SMALL FORWARD

CLASS: RED-SHIRT SOPHOMORE

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE LOTTERY 

SCOUTING REPORT

STRENGTHS

  • 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

 

WEAKNESSES

  • 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

 

ANALYSIS

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.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF DE’ANDRE HUNTER

Which current NBA player do you compare Hunter with?

Please leave all comments in section below for future discussion. 


 

 

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5 thoughts on “2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT (De’ANDRE HUNTER)”

  1. Sammynathaniels says:

    Looking at this report, I think we have a great player here. There is no reason to ponder on his weaknesses because from my own point of view, I think his strengths surpass his weaknesses. Eventhough he lacks the elite athletic and/or physical tools and skills to make him a star at the NBA level, I think this young lad is promising and there are lots of room for development 

  2. Sue says:

    Wow. Although basketball is my favorite sport, I had no idea that so much analysis went into the candidates for an NBA Draft. It makes perfect sense though, considering how much money, power and publicity goes into sports these days.

    I love the game, I played it in college (women’s) and I love watching it. Thanks for sharing all this ‘behind the scenes action’ that goes into scouting for the NBA Draft. We die hard fans appreciate it!

    Sue

  3. Toriola Aanu says:

    One thing is to be hyped as a bright prospect in your chosen sporting activity.  Another thing is to norture your talents and horn your skills where necessary; to becoming successful and a force of reckoning through the career path. I feel this is a general rule. Does it come so cheaply? Of course, no. There are prices to pay. Sacrifices will be made. Diligence, discipline and dedication are the 3Ds of recipes. While the place of focus too, can not be overlooked. 

    Bearing these in mind, any young prospect as Hunter, can rise through the ranks of his career to becoming a world-class.

  4. Chris Isaac says:

    Wow I have watched the video,  to me he has a great skill in it. He knows how to calculate in front of his opponent in the court and I think he also have the strength and force. If am to compare him I will compare him with Kawhi Leonard. Kawhi obviously had the larger role during his time at San Diego State and attempted almost 4 more shots per game than Hunter. I think that if DeAndre attempted close to the same amount of shots, and was asked to do more offensively, then those percentages would look a lot closer. Kawhi Leonard and DeAndre Hunter both have similar defensive mechanics. I don’t think Hunter can become that skilled of a player offensively at the next level, but the comparison is still a unique one to look at.

  5. James S says:

    I don’t know about current, but he reminds me of Joe Johnson. Quiet yet competitive. Skilled but not overly athletic

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