ATLANTA-Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter averaged 18.0
points and 4.0 rebounds while leading the Panthers to a pair of wins last week
to earn his fifth CAA Rookie of the Week honor this season as announced by the
conference earlier Monday.
freshman guard shot 84.2 percent from the free throw line while dishing out
eight assists, swiping four steals and blocking three shots as the Panthers
earned wins against Towson and UNCW, before dropping a tough decision at Drexel
one of just six freshmen in the country averaging at least 16.0 points and 5.0
rebounds per game this season. His 16.0 points per game are the most of any CAA
freshmen in the last 14 years.
opened the week with a career-high 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including
four three-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws at Towson. With the Panthers leading by one and the shot clock winding
down, Hunter hit a three-pointer from beyond NBA range with 1:02 left to give
GSU a four-point lead. Leading by two with two seconds left, Hunter blocked
Towson’s attempt at a game-winning shot from three-point range to secure the
Panthers third victory in a row.
On Wednesday, he scored 19
points on 6-of-13 shooting, hitting two three-pointers and pulling down six
rebounds in an 18-point win over UNCW to extend the Panthers win streak to
four. Hunter dished out a career-high six assists, swiped three steals and
blocked two shots in the win.
He closed the week scoring
eight points, going a perfect 6-of-6 at the line in the Panthers fifth game in
11 days, a loss at Drexel. Hunter pulled down three rebounds and swiped a pair
of steals in the loss.
“R.J. has worked extremely hard
throughout his career and to see it paying off is special for me,” commented his
dad and head coach Ron Hunter. “R.J. is an unselfish player who tries everyday
to make others better on the court. He has come into his own this season and is
having a very special year.”
For the season, Hunter is
leading all CAA freshmen in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.0 points and
grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 80.0 percent from the free throw
line and has a team-high 43 three-pointers.
State (10-12, 5-4 CAA) will return to the court and face first place
Northeastern on Wednesday night in Boston. Tip is set for 7 p.m. from Matthews