UVa's De'Andre Hunter has been named the ACC Player of the Week.
The redshirt sophomore was voted the MVP of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament averaging 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games, helping the 'Hoos win the tournament championship.
This season Hunter is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds.
"He's taken the foot off the break as we like to say and we need that but he understands who he is," says UVa coach Tony Bennett. "He's improved, he's a year stronger. Efficiency is everything. Every level you go up. The ability to not have to dominate the ball or have volume, but to understand when to be aggressive, how to impact the game without scoring, on the glass defensively. Those areas are really important and I like seeing that maturity in his game."
Virginia remains ranked 4th this week in the AP poll. Gonzaga is the new number one, after beating Duke last week. The 'Hoos will play at #24 Maryland Wednesday in the ACC Big-Ten challenge.
It'll be the first time in four years the Cavaliers have played their old ACC rival. That was in the ACC Big-Ten challenge in 2014.
This game used to be a huge rivalry showdown.
"Most of our guys were here when they (Maryland) was in the Big-Ten, so I don't know if they understand it to the extent that those of us who have been around have," says Bennett. "There will not be a lot of love lost and that crowd will let you know what they think of you the moment you step on the floor. It's a good venue to play in for sure."
Both Virginia and Maryland are undefeated this season with records of 6-0.
The Terps are averaging 84.8 points per game this season and just beat Marshall 104-67.
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