Virginia De & # 39; Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome enter the year's NBA draft, they announced on Monday.
Hunter will probably be a lottery pick if he were to keep his name in the draft as expected. The 6-foot 7-redshirt sophomore is ranked as the 5th overall player of ESPN and number 2 is steered behind only Duke's Zion Williamson. Jerome is ranked No. 29 and No. 8 guard.
"They & # 39; others and Ty leave Virginia with enormous legacy," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said in a statement from the school. "They were outstanding players and role models, and I am so proud of the men they have become. We won many games and championships with De & # 39; Andre and Ty, and they are ready to realize their lifelong dreams of playing in the NBA. "
The two teamed up with one of the most memorable games in the country championship: Jerome entered the course against Texas Tech and found Hunter for a 3-pointer who sent the game to overtime.
"Winning a national championship has always been a dream for me and achieving that with this team is something I will never forget," wrote Hunter on Instagram. "Thanks to all the fans for your huge support. You will always be in my heart."
Hunter was the country's "second leading score of 15.2 points per game. He was the first Atlantic coastal conference's first team choice and this year's defensive player. He shot 52% from the total field and 43.8% at 3-pointers. 19659002] "Playing the NBA was always a lifelong dream, with that said I would like to announce that I will enter the NBA draft and sign an agent," he wrote. "UVA will always be a special place for me. Wahoowa! "
Jerome averaged 16.5 points per game during the NCAA tournament while joining 40 percent of his 3-point try. The 6-foot-5 wing ended with 16 points, eight assistances and six rebounds in Virginia 85-77 overtime wins against Texas Tech in the title game.
"Having talked to my family, coached staff and thought about it a lot, I have decided to disappear my college year and explain to the 2019 NBA The draft, " Jerome said in a video." From day 1, I always dreamed of playing at this level since I picked up a basketball, played in the ACC, played against Duke and North Carolina. This program was all I could have dreamed of. "
Under new rules of potential draftees, both players can return to school next season as long as they employ an NCAA certified agent (agents can now pay the player's expenses, such as meals and travel for NBA training), request an "evaluation from the NBA Advisory Committee" and revoke the NCAA's May 29 for early entry deadlines.
If a player decides to remain in the draft after this deadline, however, he only returns to school if he has participated in the NBA and has passed away.