Accolades Coming in for Hunter

R.J. Hunter scored a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in his debut last season at No. 8 Duke.

R.J. Hunter scored a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in his debut last season at No. 8 Duke.

Summer practice has come to an end for the Georgia State men’s basketball team, but the accolades are just starting to come in. The Bleacher Report announced its ranking of the top 20 mid-major basketball stars for the 2013-14 season and coming in at No. 15 is sophomore R.J. Hunter.

Hunter broke the 20-point barrier 12 times as a freshman, with the high-water mark being a 38-point explosion against Old Dominion. He was named CAA Rookie of the Year, All-CAA First Team and a Kyle Macy Freshman All-American for his efforts.

He was one of just three freshmen in the country to average 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. His two counterparts were both drafted in the top 15 of the NBA Draft: UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammed and UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, who was the top overall pick.

Columnist Scott Henry opened the preview with “In his freshman season at Georgia State, guard R.J. Hunter was everything advertised and then some. The 6’5″ son of head coach Ron Hunter arrived with a reputation as a scorer, and his 17.0 PPG verified that billing. He was disruptive on the opposite end as well, pulling nearly two steals per game.”

So as a fan, what do you think? Will R.J. repeat his 500-point output as a freshman? Will Devonta White become GSU’s all-time leading scorer (needs 516 points)? Will Manny Atkins be among the nation’s leaders in double-doubles (he missed five last year by one rebound, four by two rebounds)? How will Rashaad Richardson finish his GSU career? And don’t forget about Ryan Harrow.

And for those of you asking, a little birdy (or maybe it should be a little Panther), told me to keep an eye out for the schedule which just needs a couple of t’s crossed. Who do you hope to see the Panthers playing this season?

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It may be August, but basketball season is right around the corner.

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–Mike Holmes

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One Response to Accolades Coming in for Hunter

  1. Well done RJ! Best of luck building you your successful freshmen season! As a fan, no matter what each player achieves individually, as long as the team gets to the big dance this year, I’m happy. As for the schedule, I know at least two games against SEC teams that aren’t Kentucky or UGA are in the works, and I already know we’re playing ODU on December 14. I would like to see the Panthers play at least one ranked team, Georgia Southern, Alabama, and Florida.

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