ATLANTA--Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter welcomed back 11 returners and four newcomers Monday in preparation for summer classes and practice which officially begins Tuesday night. Hunter has spent the off-season watching film of last season, preparing practice schedules and getting every detail set for the Panthers first season in the Sun Belt Conference.
Along with bringing back four starters and all three team captains from last year, Hunter welcomed a group of four newcomers that will experience their first Georgia State practice on Tuesday night. Ryan Harrow, a transfer from Kentucky, is joined by freshmen Isaiah Dennis from nearby McDonough and Jaylen Hinton from Richmond, Va. Darius Sharpe, a freshman guard from Whitewater HS has also been added to the team as a walk-on.
“I am really looking forward to getting practice underway,” commented head coach Ron Hunter. “The off-season has been bitter-sweet for our program. Last season left a bad taste in our mouths. Our players have been working hard to prepare for the time we can spend together as a team this summer and our coaching staff has been hard at work to get us ready for our first year in the Sun Belt Conference.”
Starters Manny Atkins, R.J. Hunter, Rashaad Richardson and Devonta White all return for Hunter’s third season as the head coach at GSU. R.J. Hunter is coming off a season that saw him earn freshman all-america honors and All-CAA First Team honors, while White became the 17th player in program history to score 1,000 points in his career, a feat he accomplished in overtime of the final game of last season.
Per NCAA rules, the team will practice twice on the court this week, beginning Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.