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April 19, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Basketball player Kris Hunter announced on Monday that he intends to transfer from the University of Virginia. Hunter, a 6-11 junior from Tallahassee, Fla., has lettered for the Cavaliers each of the last three seasons.

“I’ve decided to transfer for personal reasons,” Hunter said. “My decision has nothing to do with the basketball program at Virginia. I’ve been happy at Virginia, but would like to get closer to my family.”

Hunter started 19 of the 29 games he played in during the 1998-99 season, averaging 5.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and eighth in the nation in blocked shots with an average of 3.0 per game. His 88 blocked shots last season are fifth in school history and the most by a player other than Ralph Sampson.

“We are disappointed, but we understand his desire to get closer to his family,” Virginia head coach Pete Gillen said. “We want to wish him the best in the future.”

During his three years in the Virginia program, Hunter scored 228 points (3.3 ppg) and had 244 rebounds (3.5 rpg) in 69 games. He is third on UVa’s career blocked shots list with 126.

Hunter has one year of collegiate basketball eligibility remaining.

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