On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.
Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.
R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.
Ron Hunter may not be recovered from his ruptured achilles tendon yet, but the Georgia State head coach is still competing at a level above his program’s conference.
Late on Wednesday night, Hunter landed a commitment from D’Marcus Simonds, a talented, 6-foot-4 shooting guard. Simonds was originally committed to Mississippi State but he reopened his recruitment after Rick Ray was fired by the university.
“There’s no place like home!” Simonds, a native of Buford, Georgia, said on twitter. “I will be continuing my basketball career and education at Georgia State University!”
Simonds is one of the more talented guards in the south, the No. 84 recruit in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals. Simonds will be a nice piece for Hunter to build around, as he’ll arrive on campus after Kevin Ware graduates and when Indiana transfer Jeremy Hollowell is a senior. Former top 150 recruit and Alabama transfer Devin Mitchell will be a sophomore that year as well.
Georgia State is coming off of an upset win over No. 3 Baylor in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA tournament.
Georgia State has been active recruiting transfers the last few offseasons and the Panthers and head coach Ron Hunter landed a commitment from former Alabama guard Devin Mitchell, he announced.
The 6-foot-4 Mitchell is a former Rivals top-150 prospect but only saw limited action during his freshman season with the Crimson Tide. With Alabama hiring a new head coach in Avery Johnson, it was probably best for a fresh start for both parties. Mitchell played 76 total minutes during the 2014-15 season and scored nine points and tallied four assists. He struggled from the field, going 3-for-23 and 2-for-17 from 3-point range.
The Sun Belt might be a better fit for Mitchell and Hunter has found a lot of success taking in transfers. Ryan Harrow had a successful two-year run at Georgia State after transferring from Kentucky and former Louisville guard Kevin Ware also made his way to the Panthers.
Tournament darling R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA
Georgia State star R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA, the school announced on Monday.
Hunter, who just finished his junior season, is projected by Draft Express to be a late first round pick in the 2015 draft, although he struggled a bit shooting the ball as a junior. His three-point percentage fell from 39.7 to 29.8 as a junior, although his assist numbers did double to 3.5 per game as he spent more time playing on the ball than in past season.
Hunter, along with his father, became a sensation during the 2015 NCAA tournament. After Ron Hunter, who also happens to be R.J.’s head coach at GSU, tore his achilles tendon celebrating a win in the Sun Belt title game, he was relegated to a scooter to get around and a desk chair to use while coaching on the sidelines.
In one of the most unforgettable moments in recent NCAA tournament history, R.J. capped a 13-0 run in which he scored 12 points with a game-winning three to land an upset of No. 3 Baylor, a shot that knocked Ron right out of his chair:
Georgia State golf team celebrates R.J. Hunter’s game-winner (VIDEO)
Thursday afternoon Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter made one of the biggest shots in school history, as his three-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining gave the Panthers a 57-56 win over No. 3 Baylor. This is the second time that the Panthers have won a game in the NCAA tournament, with the first coming in 2001 under then-head coach Lefty Driesell.
Understandably there was a lot of excitement over the win, especially amongst members of the Georgia State golf team who posted a video of their reaction to the team’s Twitter account.
R.J. Hunter was ice cold for 37 minutes on Thursday afternoon.
With three minutes left in the game, Hunter had just four points on 1-for-8 shooting from the floor.
And that’s when he took over. Hunter scored 12 points in a 13-0 Georgia State to close out the game as the No. 14 Panthers knocked off No. 3 Baylor, 57-56, to advance to the Round of 32. The run was capped with this 30-footer with just 2.8 seconds left on the clock:
The shot had R.J.’s dad, head coach Ron Hunter, so excited that he fell out of his chair. Why was he sitting in the chair? Because he was so excited after winning the Sun Belt title that he tore his achilles tendon celebrating:
Credit needs to be given to Georgia State for making this run, but facts are facts, and Baylor choked this game away. The Bears committed four turnovers during Georgia State’s run, and that’s before you mention the missed dunk and missed front-end that they had in the final 30 seconds. When you’re up by 12 with three minutes left in the NCAA tournament, it’s really difficult to lose, and Baylor pulled that off.
The younger Hunter finished with 16 points to lead Georgia State, who forced 21 turnovers in total.
Of note: Kevin Ware made his return to the NCAA tournament in this game, scoring just four points on 2-for-8 shooting in the win. If you don’t remember, Ware is the former Louisville guard who suffered a brutal compound fracture of his lower leg during Louisville’s run to the 2013 National Title.