Hunter, who was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year, is the best athlete on the Cavaliers and consistently provided a spark off the bench. He's expected to miss 10-to-12 weeks, but he should make a full recovery after having surgery, which is scheduled for Monday.
Virginia's NCAA Tournament is not off to a good start. Last year, forward Isaiah Wilkins, this year's ACC defensive player of the year, missed time with an illness.
Hunter, also an ACC All-Freshman selection, scored in double figures in 16 games and was involved in the most dramatic moment of the season, when he hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer in UVa's 67-66 win at Louisville.
On March 1 at Louisville, Hunter's game-winning 3-pointer that banked off the glass from almost 30 feet away from the basket at the buzzer propelled U.Va.to a 67-66 victory. His scoring high was 23 points in his fourth game, a 73-53 victory over Monmouth on November 19.