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ZACK WAJSGRAS/THE DAILY PROGRESS Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter (12), guard Ty Jerome (11) and guard Kyle Guy (5) prepare to defend in the second half of the Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday. After getting fouled on a last second shot, Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) made three foul shots to beat Auburn 63-62 to advance to the National Championship.

On Thursday night at the NBA Draft, former Virginia guards De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy are expected to fulfill their lifelong dreams of becoming NBA players.

On Wednesday, Guy penned a heartfelt message to his former Cavalier teammates in an Instagram post.

"Man... this is to my brothers Ty and Dre. I am so thankful I got to play with you guys for 3 years," Guy wrote. "You were the best teammates I’ve ever had and the best players I’ve ever played with. Even more so you were incredible friends and always knew how to make us laugh lol. It’s an emotional week and tomorrow our dreams come true.

"I am your guys biggest fan and so hype to hear your names called tomorrow night. We came to UVA and said we wanted to win a national championship and get drafted together... that’s special. Not many people can say they did that.

"No matter what happens tomorrow we left everything on the court to accomplish our goals. I’m gonna miss playing at JPJ and spitting bars before games. Gonna miss doing our handshakes and telling Dre to smile when he misses shots. Most of all I’m gonna miss the brotherhood we built over these years. It’ll last forever and you know I got your backs no matter what.

"Knowing we’ll never put on our Virginia jerseys together is a hard pill to swallow. But y’all are killers and without you guys I’m not sure I’m in the position I’m in now (y’all made me look better than I am). So thank you. Because you’ll never understand what you guys and these 3 seasons have meant to me. I love y’all man, go make your dreams a reality."

Hunter is projected to be a top 10 pick in most mock drafts, while Jerome is expected to be a late first round pick. Guy is projected as a late second round pick in some drafts.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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