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R.J. Hunter to Celtics at No. 28

MAR 16 Sun Belt Basketball Championship - Georgia State v University of Louisiana Lafayette

Junior swingman R.J. Hunter has been selected by the Boston Celtics with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Hunter is the second guard the Celtics have taken in this draft after they took Terry Rozier at No. 16.

Hunter was the darling of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament after leading 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and causing his father, coach Ron Hunter, to fall off his chair watching his son hit a game-winning three-point shot.

At 6-5 with a 6-10.5 wingspan, Hunter has the tools to be an excellent two-way player as an NBA two-guard. Pair that with a lethal jump shot with great range, and you have a good shooting guard prospect.

Hunter struggled with consistency shooting this past year at a lower level of competition thanks to the amount of attention he gained from the opposition. He’ll need to improve his handle and work on some sort of in-between game to maximize his NBA potential, and he’ll need to add some weight and work on his defense as well.

Hunter is one of my biggest sleepers in this year’s draft. He has everything you look for in a shooting guard, but needs consistency. Hunter has role-player potential immediately, but could be a very solid starter down the line.

NBA comparison: J.J. Redick

2014-15 stats: 19.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.6 apg (39.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%, 87.8 FT%)

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