What you need to know:
* Ryan Harrow has been named the Atlanta Tipoff Club Georgia Men’s College Player of the Year.
* This marks the second year in a row that a Panther has earned one of the top honors in the state of Georgia as R.J. Hunter was recognized last season.
* Harrow will be honored with the award at the Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Awards Banquet on March 24.
ATLANTA-For the second year in a row, a member of the Georgia State men’s basketball team will take home one of the top honors in the state as senior Ryan Harrow has been named the Atlanta Tipoff Club Georgia Men’s College Player of the Year.
Claiming the Sun Belt regular season title for the second year in a row on Saturday, Harrow has led the Panthers to a 22-9 record this season and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament in New Orleans later this week.
Harrow earned the honor just one season after teammate R.J. Hunter took the top-honor last season. Eric Buckner also won the award for the Panthers following the 2011-12 season.
Based on his and the team schedule, Harrow is scheduled to be honored at the Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 24, at the Georgia International Convention Center.
Harrow, who was named to the Lou Henson Midseason Watch List as one of the top mid-major players in the country last month, is averaging a team-best 20.2 points per game, ranked No. 13 in the NCAA. The guard is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor this season and just under 40 percent from 3-point range. He has dished out 103 assists and became the 19th Panther to score 1,000 points or more in a GSU uniform earlier this season.
“I am really proud of what Ryan has done at Georgia State in his two seasons,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “This is a great recognition that puts him in an impressive group of collegiate basketball players in this state to earn the honor. The Atlanta Tipoff Club does great job promoting the game of basketball and I am proud that they decided to select Ryan as its player of the year.”
Harrow earned All-Sun Belt First-Team honors last season and is a favorite to earn the honor again when it is announced by the Sun Belt on Tuesday.
Georgia State will open the Sun Belt tournament on Saturday as the No. 1 seed having earned a double-bye into the semifinals. The Panthers will play at 2 p.m. ET against the winner of Game 3 of the tournament.