Georgia State Panthers Freshman G R.J. Hunter Earns Both CAA Player Weekly Awards

By Jake Fischer
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

After a wild week in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball, the Northeastern Huskies are back on top of the league with a decent two and a half game lead over the rest of their conference foes. After the Huskies, the Delaware Blue Hens are alone in second place in the standings followed by four teams that all have four losses.

One of those clubs, the Georgia State Panthers have won six of their last seven games overall, including a huge road victory over Northeastern in Boston last week. There are many reasons as to why the Panthers have been so successful, however one can clearly single out their freshman sensation, R.J. Hunter, as the focal point of their success.

In fact, Hunter has been playing at such a ridiculously high level, the freshman guard earned both the CAA Player and Rookie of the Week awards this week.

This past week, Hunter, the son of Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter, averaged 32.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in Georgia State’s two victories this week. First, as previously mentioned, the Panthers handed Northeastern their first loss in CAA play this season on Wednesday. Saturday, Hunter drilled a CAA-record 10 three-pointers in GSU’s blowout victory over the Old Dominion Monarchs.

For the season, this week’s Rookie of the Week award is Hunter’s sixth and the Player of the Week award is his first. Hunter is also the first player to earn CAA Player and Rookie honors in the same week since Drexel’s Chris Fouch on Feb. 8, 2010.

Moving forward, Hunter will look to continue to lead the Panthers to victory as they finish out their last season in the Colonial Athletic Association.


Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. He also hosts the CAA Relay Podcast. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.



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