Based on his and the team schedule, Hunter is scheduled to be honored at the Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 20, at the Georgia International Convention Center.
On Tuesday, Hunter earned Sun Belt Player of the Year and first-team all-conference honors. It is the second year in a row that Hunter has earned first-team all-conference honors following his play in the Colonial Athletic Association last year.
The sophomore has scored a team-high 18.5 points per game, pulling down 4.6 rebounds per contest. He has made 92 3-pointers, just two shy of the school record and is among the top-20 in the NCAA in 3-pointers and free throw percentage. Hunter will finish the season among the top-10 in a single-season in Georgia State history in points, steals, 3-point field goals, free throws made and free throw percentage.
“As a father and as a coach, I am extremely proud of what R.J. has been able to do on the court this year,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “This is a great recognition and 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 my son as its player of the year.”
Earlier this year, Hunter scored in 1000th career point in just 55 games, the second quickest to reach the milestone in Georgia State history. In just two seasons, his name appears throughout the GSU record book.
Last year as a freshman, Hunter was named CAA Rookie of the Year and earned all-freshman honors. As one of just three freshmen in the country to average 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, Hunter was also named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team.
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 3 p.m. ET against the winner of Game 3 of the tournament.