Ron and R.J. Hunter, Father-Son Connection at Georgia State

By Jake Fischer

If you’ve been following recent coverage of Ron Hunter, you know he’s an inspirational individual. But, you probably didn’t know how inspirational of a father he is.

His son, highly coveted R.J. Hunter of Pike High School in Indianapolis, signed with the Georgia State Panthers to be part of the something special Ron has been brewing down in Atlanta. In fact, R.J. decided to join the Panthers without his father even particularly pursuing him.

“I never asked him to come here,” Ron Hunter said. “I just let it play itself out.” The elder Hunter said.

R.J. chose to play at Georgia State despite multiple offers from high-major programs including Wake Forest and Iowa.

At 6-5, the scoring guard has an impressive shooting range and a very impressive ball handling ability. He can jump out of the gym and is also capable of defending every position within the backcourt and on the perimeter. RJ is one of the six scholarship players the Panthers have brought in from the 2012 high school class.

Some may view this story as another example of “daddy-ball”. However, if you haven’t read about Ron Hunter and his up-and-coming program at Georgia State, you don’t understand the volumes this speaks of the defending Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

Hunter, a man who coached a game last season barefoot in order to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, the organization that he helps donate shoes to impoverished children of South Africa, is nothing short of a role model. R.J. differed joining an annual national contender in Wake Forest to join the Panthers. That’s truly something.

R.J. Hunter will be a star in the CAA over the next four years. But he will definitely grow much more as a person than a player under the guidance of his father and his coaching staff.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for the Arena Pulse at Rant Sports. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline

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