Buchanan becomes the highest ever draftee to enroll with the Panthers and will solidify a rotation that was among the best in the CAA last season. He was selected with the 194th overall pick, but turned down a contract offer to instead work toward his degree and play for the Panthers.
The junior was ranked among the top 40 in the state of Florida by Baseball America after pitching for Chipola Junior College. He went 4-2 last season in 15 appearances for Chipola, leading the team to the conference championship game.
The native of Peachtree City has been ranked as high as the 24th top junior college prospect according to PGCrosschecker.com. Prior to college, Buchanan went to Fayette County high school, earning team MVP honors and was named team captain during this senior year.
Last season, Georgia State won its first-ever CAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history. The squad returns 18 players from last season, including four All-CAA honorees.