Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter is headed to the NBA Draft, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hunter was a bit of a relative unknown at Georgia State, although he was getting first-round buzz before the NCAA Tournament. Hunter became a household name when he helped the Panthers shock third-seeded Baylor in their opening game of the tournament.
Hunter had been quiet much of the game and Georgia State trailed by 12 points with under three minutes to go. The guard scored 12 points down the stretch, and he capped off the furious rally with a three-pointer in the final seconds to give the Panthers the upset. The dagger literally knocked his coach, R.J.’s father Ron, out of his chair:
Hunter followed that up with 20 points in the Round of 32 against Xavier, but it wasn’t enough to pull off another upset.
Hunter gained recognition as a big-time scorer after his first two years at Georgia State. The guard averaged 19.7 points this season, although his efficiency dropped, thanks in part to having to carry such a big load offensively. He shot 39.5 percent overall and 30.5 percent from three after shooting 44.4 percent overall and 39.5 percent from three during his sophomore season.
While his efficiency dipped, Hunter made progress as a playmaker, more than doubling his assist average from 1.7 per game to 3.6 per game. The 6’5 guard is currently at No. 25 in DraftExpress’ latest mock draft.