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.

The 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 on Saturday.

Hunter is 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.

He 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.

Georgia 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 Arena.

--GeorgiaStateSports.com--