De’Andre Hunter: Tools
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
Hunter has solid speed for a larger wing, though he hasn’t shown anything spectacular. He has decent top speed and can approach it even with the ball in his hands, but has short strides for a player of his height. He could potentially add to his speed after working with NBA trainers to increase his efficiency while running.
Hunter’s agility is one of his most essential assets as he tries to distinguish himself as a defensive standout in this class. He is a quality straight line defender who has smart feet and can slide to stay in front of penetration, but can often be a step slow in change-of-direction maneuvers which require hip switches. He has good foot placement and rarely gets caught off balance in side-to-side movement.
One of the biggest concerns in Hunter’s game (the ability to finish around the rim in traffic) can be directly tied to his leaping ability. He is a strong jumper when he has his feet under him or with momentum, but can get caught by shot blockers when he hasn’t had room to build up speed. He has a quick second jump and good body control to challenge without fouling, which will aid him as a defender.
Often a tale of two different Hunters, as he is sometimes able to absorb contact and finish around the rim but other times can be bumped off his spot both attacking the basket in the air and off the dribble. He uses his length well and can use his shoulders to create space, but sometimes has trouble finishing despite taking the impact well. On defense, he has a low center of gravity and can slide his feet to stay in front of opponents.
Hunter has good upper body strength with broad shoulders and long arms, but can be tentative with his application. Strong lower body compared to NCAA competition, but again can be somewhat timid when battling for position. He has an NBA-ready frame, but needs to get more confident in applying it as he ages.