Ron Hunter Gets Emotional Regarding Son

R.J. Hunter #22 hugs head coach Ron Hunter of the Georgia State Panthers after checking out of the game against the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
R.J. Hunter #22 hugs head coach Ron Hunter of the Georgia State Panthers after checking out of the game against the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

During one of his many tear-filled chats with the media, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter mentioned how he hopes his son, R.J., the team’s star, would stay around for another year. Though it was said ruefully, like the father knew either option was possible for his son, he also said it knowing they’d make the right decision in the end. Hunter was genuinely touched by the idea about not being with his son next year.

But people watching on TV — were wondering one key thing (at least judging by the texts and tweets I saw in the immediate aftermath): Where was R.J. Hunter going?

Surely he’s not a top NBA prospect, is he? Judging by the eye test, he seemed like the college player we meet every March: A star on a lesser team who had One Shining Moment but will likely never be heard from again in  a playing capacity. Sure, he may have a nice career in Europe or in coaching, but this is usually a one-March deal. (Think Harold Arceneaux.) Was he transferring?

Nope. It turns out R.J. Hunter is an NBA prospect, albeit not one that would guarantee his early departure to the pros. The sweet-shooting guard actually considered leaving after his sophomore year, but stayed to play for his father as a junior. Over the summer, he stole the show at LeBron James’ Skills Academy and received glowing tweets from someone who’d know a little something about shooting.

Hunter’s numbers dipped in his junior year. While his scoring went up, his shooting percentages plummeted. Still, he’s rated as the No. 32 prospect by nbadraft.net and No. 25 by Draft Express. If those are accurate he’d get guaranteed first-round money, but would it necessarily be the right call? Would another year improve his stock?

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SOURCE: CHRIS CHASE
USA Today Sports

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