Purdue senior guard Eric Hunter Jr. has announced that he will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft but he’ll also retain his college eligibility during the process. Because of the COVID-19 waiver from the NCAA for the 2020-21 season, he can play one more year at the college level.

Hunter has spent all four years at Purdue, playing a significant role for the Boilermakers since his arrival in 2018. He’s played in 128 career games and made 74 starts.

“It has always been my dream to play at the highest level so after talking with my coaches and family I’ve decided to go thru the NBA Draft evaluation process while still maintaining my college eligibility,” Hunter wrote.

Hunter played in all 37 games for the Boilermakers during the 2021-22 season and made 19 starts. He was one of the team’s better defensive players and averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Purdue ended the season with a 29-8 record with a 14-6 mark in B1G play. The Boilers were ranked in the Top 10 all season long and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Over his four-year career, Hunter scored 842 points, collected 283 rebounds and dished out 261 assists for the Boilers.