Each week on Monday (or a couple days late this week), we take a quick look back at the past seven days to review some of the highlights of stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and, like you’ll see this week, occasionally our university leadership. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.
And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.
CBSSports.com– Ten Coaches on the Rise in College Basketball
Who will be the next under-the-radar coach to make the jump to the big time? Check out our list of 10 coaches who are on the rise in college basketball. Read more
Bleacher Report – Ranking the Mostly Likely Cinderellas in the 2014-15 NCAA Basketball Season
No. 1 – There might not be a sexier sleeper in the entire country. Not only did Georgia State go 25-9 with a 17-1 record in the Sun Belt conference, but the Panthers’ top competition in that conference lost its most important player this offseason when Elfrid Payton jumped to the NBA. Read more
USA Today – Preseason Bracket: Predicting the 68 teams in the 2015 NCAA tournament
Georgia State can be one of, if not the best, mid-majors in the country, largely thanks to the return of Harrow and the addition of Ware. Interestingly, neither is the best player on the team. That would be R.J. Hunter, a 6-6 junior, the coach’s son and an All-Sun Belt performer with NBA potential who averaged 18.3 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. Read more
Sports Illustrated – College basketball Crystal Ball: SI picks the Final Four and more
The Panthers aren’t on the same level as the mid-major holy trinity of Gonzaga, VCU and Wichita State but they’re built to cause problems in the NCAA tournament. They have a backcourt trio that’s high-major quality: 6-6 marksman R.J. Hunter is a future first-round draft pick, 6-2 point guard Ryan Harrow is a Kentucky refugee thriving in a new role, and 6-2 Louisville transfer Kevin Ware should add a defensive element that they lacked last season. Read more