George State Guard R.J. Hunter Leaving Dad Behind To Chase NBA Dream

George State Guard R.J. Hunter Leaving Dad Behind To Chase NBA Dream

rj hunter leaving father ron behind for nba dream 2015

The time has come for R.J. Hunter to leave the nest. Georgia State’s junior guard has decided it’s time for him to take a shot at the NBA Draft. The choice to leave Georgia State could not have been an easy one for Hunter; after all, Hunter has had the privilege of playing for head coach Ron Hunter the past three seasons—his father.

“The plan was always for me to be a four-year guy,” said Hunter when asked about his decision to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft. For all this to happen, it’s almost like a dream. I felt like the time was right. I did everything possible I wanted to do. The way it ended with the NCAA tournament was a storybook. It was like it happened for a reason.”

As a three year starter for the Panthers, Hunter got better every season. This past season Hunter helped led Georgia State to the NCAA Tournament, averaging almost 20 points per game during the season to go along with 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

rj hunter leaving georgia state for nba 2015


Hunter really made a name for himself in the tournament appearance. If the name R.J. Hunter sounded familiar to you, it’s probably because he busted your bracket with his game-winning shot to upset Baylor in the first round. Hunter also managed 20 in the round of 32 during Georgia State’s loss to Xavier.

Although he didn’t have an overly high shooting percentage this season, Hunter is considered a solid three-point specialist and long-range shooter. When asked where he thought he would go in the NBA, Hunter claimed that’s he’s heard everything between 15th overall and early second round.

At least now his dad can go watch without having to worry about leading the team to victory. “The next time he plays a game, I can go cheer,” said Hunter’s father.

Hunter also stressed with his decision that he believes the Panthers are prepared to go even further without him:

“They don’t need me here. Seriously. There are some good players here.”

We’ll see you in the NBA, R.J. where we can see your NBA dream come true.

Click to add a comment

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

espn hit piece doesn't sway stephen curry from draymond green 2016 images

ESPN hit piece doesn’t sway Stephen Curry from Draymond Green

Chris MauriceOctober 24, 2016
dwyane wade praises NBA super teams 2016 images

Dwyane Wade praises NBA Super Teams

Chris MauriceOctober 16, 2016
NBA Preseason protests show unity of hate for Kevin Durant 2016 images

NBA Preseason protests show unity of hate for Kevin Durant

Chris MauriceOctober 3, 2016
chris bosh career with miami heat over 2016 images

Chris Bosh career with Miami Heat over

Chris MauriceSeptember 27, 2016
nba keeping groins safe with draymond green rule this season 2016 images

NBA keeping groins safe with ‘Draymond Green Rule’ this season

Chris MauriceSeptember 23, 2016
Derrick Rose's Limited Vocabulary a Red Herring 2016 images

Derrick Rose’s Limited Vocabulary a Red Herring?

Shane LambertSeptember 18, 2016
Shaquille O’Neal claims only 30 percent used of real game 2016 images

Shaquille O’Neal claims he only gave 30 percent to his games

Chris MauriceSeptember 7, 2016
Stephen Curry excuses continue for Warriors NBA Finals loss 2016 images

Stephen Curry excuses continue for Warriors NBA Finals loss

Chris MauriceSeptember 6, 2016
76ers joel embiid finally ready for NBA debut two years later 2016 images

76ers Joel Embiid finally ready for NBA debut two seasons later

Chris MauriceAugust 30, 2016

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription