De’Andre Hunter: Hustle
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Hunter is very engaged during almost every play, but doesn’t always show outward signs. He isn't tremendously active when off the ball on either offense or defense, however, UVA doesn't encourage that style of basketball. He has shown an ability to offensive rebound by establishing good position and can create extra possessions in that way.
Hunter does a great job positioning himself for offensive rebounds when he is in the low post. He can carve out space against smaller players in the lane in order to grab the rebound and applies his length well, allowing him to high-point the ball better than a majority of his opponents. Usually wins the positioning war by trying to get in position at or before the shot. Though he is not a great leaper, he usually seals his man.
Similar to his offensive rebounding, Hunter is a good position rebounder when he gets a box out. He uses frame well to box out offensive players and can stay attached to wings and bigs. In the pack-line defense he is often the player farthest away from the basket at the top of the key, which contributes to his low rebounding numbers. When he is placed into a more open system, he will be a quality team rebounder. One issue (which again can be traced back to scheme) is that he isn't tremendously active on the glass when he is more than one pass away.
This is not something we see often (currently just 8% of UVA's offense), but Hunter does a good job filling lanes and has even shown some ability grabbing the ball off the defensive glass and pushing ahead. He will likely have value as a corner three guy or trail man, shots he has been able to hit this year, but he will have to put together the shooting ability and the relocation ability after playing two seasons under Tony Bennett.
Hunter does not get a major opportunity to showcase his value as a transition defender, but he projects well in this area. He is smart enough to make one simple rotation and has the length to challenge more shots from further distances than average wings. He also plays head on the rim line well and sees the floor, defending inside out and preventing multiple good shot attempts.