Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter will declare for the NBA draft.
Hunter led the No. 14 seed Panthers to an upset of No. 3 seed Baylor in the NCAA tournament last month. He scored 16 points and made the game-winning three pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining. His dad, Georgia State's coach Ron Hunter, had joked before the tournament that he would "illegally recruit" his son to stay in school.
Hunter was named Sun Belt Player of the Year and averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals this year. His shooting numbers dropped off significantly this season. After shooting 44.4% from the field and 39.5% on three pointers as a sophomore, he shot just 39.5% from the field and 30.5% in 2014-15.
In his most recent NBA draft Big Board, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix did not have Hunter among the top 20 prospects for the upcoming draft.
Underclassmen have until April 26 to declare for the draft.
- Paul Palladino