As March Madness enters its final weekend, some of the players that have made the madness possible have declared for the NBA Draft. One of the premier surprises of the tournament were the Georgia State Panthers, who shocked the Baylor Bears on the strength of late game heroics from guard R.J. Hunter. Hunter will now try and use that game as a springboard for a professional future announcing that he will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the draft.
The son of head coach Ron Hunter played the past three seasons for his father averaging 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game during his junior campaign. The 6-foot-5 guard is among the nation’s premier shooters from the behind the arc, and his most famous three pointer sunk the number three seeded Baylor Bears. Hunter is viewed by many NBA scouts as a late first round pick, however, a strong combine and individual workout could catapult the little-known player into the top half of the first round.
If the report is true, it is believed that R.J. his going against his rather’s wishes to return to school. Still, there may not be a more opportune time for Hunter to enter the draft and he seized the chance.
“I’m going to buy him a car and give him a lot of money and new clothes when we’re done with this. I can illegally recruit him and get away with it,” Ron Hunter told USA Today. “His mom is going to get something really special too so she can be on my side and we can kind of sweet talk him into coming back.”
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