Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball

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

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.

 

 

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Rick Pitino Joins List Of Coaches With Postseason Bans

With Louisville's postseason ban, Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino joins a list of prominent coaches, including Jim Boeheim and Larry Brown, that have missed tournament play. We look back at some of the other well-known coaches that were shut out of the postseason due to issues off-the-court.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Why Rick Pitino Should Be Fired By Louisville

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals will miss the postseason due to a self-imposed ban. Campus Insiders' Jordan Cornette explains why Pitino should be fired and what it feels like to be a player on a team who is getting punished for issues out of their control.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

How Kentucky Can Rebound From Recent Losses | Seth Davis' X-Factors

Kentucky has suffered recent losses to Kansas and Tennessee. How can the Wildcats rebound? In this edition of "Seth Davis' X-Factors Powered By XYIENCE," Seth provides the key for John Calipari's team to stop its slide and get back to winning. Davis also presents keys for Iowa State and Washington as the Huskies head into a critical Pac-12 matchup with Arizona.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Basketball Videos

Rick Pitino Emotional after Louisville Postseason Ban

Rick Pitino was emotional in addressing Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban. The Cardinals will miss all postseason tournaments, including the ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C.. The Cardinals are being investigated by the NCAA, and based this punishment on recent findings that indicated violations had occurred.

Comment 0 Comments