Panthers officially announce USC transfer in hoops

Curtis Washington, a 6-10, 245-pound forward from USC,  has transferred to Georgia State.

Washington redshirted last year after having surgery last August to repair a torn left labrum.

Washington didn’t play much for the Trojans, totaling 11 minutes his freshman year. He averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds as a junior and 8 points and 7.6 assists his senior year in Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky.

“I am very excited to be able to add a player of Curtis’ talent to our squad,” coach Ron Hunter said in a statement. “He adds depth to our low post presence and fits the style of basketball that we like to play. Curtis was an immediate fit when talking with our players. I look forward to working with him as soon as he gets on campus.”

Washington may have to sit out a year, per NCAA rules. However, he has petitioned to play immediately, citing that he redshirted last year and that he is transferring to be closer to home. There are precedents.

Here are Georgia State’s signees:

G Cameron Solomon 6-4, 175 Hampton, Ga. Brevard CC/Lovejoy HS

G R.J. Hunter 6-6, 175 Indianapolis, Ind. Pike HS

G David Travers 6-1, 165 Carlsbad, Calif. La Costa Canyon HS

F T.J. Shipes 6-8, 220  Buford, Ga. Buford HS

F LaRon Smith 6-8, 210 Palm Bay, Fla. Heritage HS

F Denison Burguillos 6-9, 235 Casper (Wyo.) College

F Curtis Washington, 6-10, 245 USC*

* may have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules

What does Washington’s signing mean?

It’s really too early to tell. He seems to have a history of injuries. He missed time his senior year because of a right ankle injury and suffered the shoulder injury at USC.

On paper, he seems like a good get. Combined with Burguillos and Shipes, Hunter should have plenty of frontcourt depth to back up James Vincent.

Will any of them be able to single-handedly duplicate the defensive stats and performance Eric Buckner (118 blocks, 7.1 rebounds per game) had last season? No.

Can they combine to duplicate the defensive stats and performance Buckner last season? Perhaps.

Hunter has already said if Vincent can continue to improve the Panthers will win 20 games next year. They won 22 last year.

Vincent isn’t the shot-blocker Buckner was, but he may be a better offensive player.

Last season was kind of an offensive and defensive anomaly for Hunter.

The defense the Panthers ran was similar to what he wants to run, but it wasn’t exactly like the defense he wants to run.

The offense the Panthers ran was nowhere close to as efficient or as effective as what Hunter wants to see.

This year’s team will be full of players who can (theoretically) knock down 3-pointers: Devonta White, Rashaad Richardson, Manny Atkins, Hunter, Travers and Solomon. Kimbro hit a few last year, but I think he may fill the James Fields/Josh Micheaux role as a defensive force. Kimbro is extremely quick and might be the fastest jumper I’ve ever seen.

So, here’s my first crack at the starting lineup for next year:

PG White

SG Richardson

G Kimbro

C Vincent

F Atkins

6th man: Burguillos or Washington

Or I can see..

PG White

G Kimbro

C Vincent

F Atkins

F Burguillos or Washington

6th man: Richardson

But I want to know what you think. What do you think the starting line up will be, and why?

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please be my twitter friend @ajcgsu

19 comments Add your comment


May 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

Go Panthers!


May 3rd, 2012
10:19 am

Washington may or may not be eligible because of the transfer from USC. Typically, medical redshirts are not granted after the season. I hope he can play right away.

Also, not having RJ Hunter as either a starter or the first off the bench is tough to fathom. He’s probably the best scorer of the incoming class and he’s a big SG/SF at 6′6. You could see him an Manny teamed together to provide a lethal offensive front court.

IMO, I hope Vincent improves to start but I believe Shipes is the guy who may be a ton of time at the 5. He can run, is super efficient offensively and can block shots. Also, Tony Kimbro is NOT going to start. Manny’s better and more experienced, RJ is better offensively and TK will have to improve significantly offensively in order to maintain the minutes he played in 2012-13.


May 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

I agree with most of what Ben just said based on a lot of research I have done.

Also, I would not call Travers a knock down 3-point shooter. He has an incredible mid range jumper though. The biggest improvement he needs to make is from behind the 3-point line. I look for him to have very limited minutes backing up Tay.


May 3rd, 2012
10:44 am

A lot of young talent on this team. I hope we can see some transfers make an impact. I would love to enter the Sunbelt with a VAA trophy.

Doug Roberson

May 3rd, 2012
11:00 am

That’s just my guess for the first game. I imagine there will be lots of changes the first few weeks. I gave the edge to the guards that have already been in the system for a year. It’s a complex defense to pick up.

GSU Alum

May 3rd, 2012
11:02 am

Starting line up = White, Hunter, Manny, Vincent, & whoever does the best in practice. The 5th and 6th player will be rotated a lot. Kimbro will add a spark, & Richardson – if he has a hot hand that day.


May 3rd, 2012
11:05 am

What about LaRon Smith he could be a better defender than all of them, why could he not back up James Vincent??


May 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

Welcome aboard! A log jam at the big man spot is not a bad thing to have.

White and Atkins, maybe Hunter seem to be the only sure things at this point. CRH likes to keep his rotations limited to 8-9 at the most. I think this means we’ll get a heavy dose of Shipes, Smith, Washington, Richadson and to a lesser extent Kimbro, Travers, Vincent, and Solomon.

Lots of talent on this team — really excited to see how quick they can put it all together.


May 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

Looks like a sound crew! Stoked about next season! Thanks for the write up!


May 3rd, 2012
12:03 pm

As usual we all agree to disagree but this has been a good discussion with several different people bringing different perspectives. I see any of the scenario happening depending how things go this summer on physical training first and second improvements on shooting/movement/passing. Then after midnight CRH & staff will see how all of the guys and their improvements or lack improvements play out for our starting 8/9. I say 8/9 cause that is what CRH likes to play and not infrequent, the off the bench guys end up playing more that the first second starter.

Depth looks much better than the past. Reality check come first real games in Nov.


May 3rd, 2012
12:35 pm

Welcome Mr. Washington to GSU! Please let us play GA TECH and UGA this coming season!!! GO PANTHERS!

Atlanta Mafia

May 3rd, 2012
1:02 pm

Always remember – if you can’t go to college – then go to Georgia Southern!


May 3rd, 2012
1:06 pm

Atlanta Mafia, you beat them to the punch.


May 3rd, 2012
1:06 pm

No way Burguillos gets more playing time then Shipes or even Smith. That kid needs to spend a year in the weight room and work on his body. It looks soft and in his highlights he was getting pushed around by juco players. CAA big men tho short in size are very tough strong big men. Burguillos would get eaten alive right now.

Davonta White
Rashaad Richardson
RJ Hunter
Manny Atkins
James Vincent

All year long… BOOK IT.


May 3rd, 2012
1:20 pm

Im excited about this group coming in. The future is bright for GSU


May 3rd, 2012
1:22 pm

Denny Burguillos is 240lbs according to his JUCO coach. He is physically ready to compete right now.

If James Vincent starts, it would be mildly surprising. He’s a great kid and works really hard but we need guys who are fast and furious. Offense to defense.


May 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Is it Basketball season yet?

L-GSU 2000

May 4th, 2012
2:38 am

I Guess this is based on what you guys saw last season..have you guys seen cameron solomon play…The best offensive player on the team..hands down..He is a scorer..I’ve seen him put up 40 plus on a few occasions..We’ll see how they all compete when the time comes.


May 4th, 2012
9:42 am

It must suck to be a GaSo troll, eh? Has the reality sunk in yet? All the miniature flags over swamp water and you are still consistently passed over for teams with no football tradition, or those who have never taken a snap. crAPP St and GaSo perception don’t match reality. I’m sure when there are no other options Benson will FINALLY scrape the bottom of the barrel and add you two. The problem is, nothing says pee wee football like the names GaSo and crAPP St. People will assume GSU stepped down in competition as opposed to you guys stepping up.

Just imagine a Tuesday night national broadcast showcasing a field with track wrapped around it or a small 18K stadium with grassy end zones: talk about small time. This is why GSU doesn’t want to be associated with these two. Go raise some money and exchange those rusty lockers!