Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter Enters NBA Draft After Dad’s SpillErik Matuszewski
Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter said he’ll enter this year’s National Basketball Association draft, less than two weeks after hitting a game-winning 3-pointer in the NCAA tournament that caused his father, who was also his coach, to fall out of his seat.
Hunter, 21, helped the Panthers reach the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament for the first time since 2001 after being voted the Sun Belt Conference’s player of the year for the second straight season.
“Let’s dream chase,” Hunter said on Twitter. “Thank you GSU for everything!! I’m blessed man.”
In Georgia State’s opening NCAA tournament game, Hunter hit a long 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to give the 14th-seeded Panthers a 57-56 comeback victory over third-seeded Baylor. His dad, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, was on the sideline on a rolling chair less than a week after tearing his left Achilles while celebrating his team’s Sun Belt tournament title. When Hunter made the winning shot, his father raised his arms in celebration and toppled off the backless chair.
The 6-foot-6 Hunter averaged a team-leading 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season. He’s been projected by draft analysts as a late first-round or early second-round selection in the June draft.