Hunter lands another big man; Muasau talks about the Giants

Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter continues to load up on big men, adding 6-foot, 7-inch Markus Crider to his signing class.

Crider, who played small forward at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine, is the fifth player who is at least 6-7 in this signing class and will give Hunter more depth and choices in his push-the-pace style.

Crider is originally from Dayton, Ohio, Hunter’s hometown. Crider averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds at Bridgton. He will have three years of eligibility at GSU. He originally committed to Providence, but changed his mind after a coaching change.

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*

F Markus Crider, 6-7, 207, Bridgton (Maine) Academy

Muasau signs

The Giants officially announced that former Georgia State linebacker Jake Muasau has signed with team.

Muasau was invited to the team’s mini-camp as an undrafted rookie free agent, and impressed the coaches enough to be one of three rookies to earn an opportunity to join the team in its OTAs and full training camp later this year as he looks to earn a spot on the 53-man roster or eight-man practice squad.

“It was a very great experience to compete with the best guys around the country,” he said. “The camp was intense. I learned a lot in a very little time.”

Muasau, 6-feet, 1-inch tall and 243 pounds, was one of the top playmakers for coach Bill Curry in the team’s first two seasons.

Muasau had 106 tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He also forced four fumbles and recovered four fumbles.

“The speed of the game is so much faster than college was,” he said. “It was read, react, make plays. If you are thinking about  something, nine times out of 10 the play is blowing right by you. You’ve got make sure you know responsibilities.”

Muasau worked out at middle linebacker with the Giants. He played outside linebacker at Georgia State. But Muasau didn’t care. He says he would have played punter if they asked.

“It was so much fun,” h e said.  “I loved every second of it. I was thankful  to be out there and interact with coach [Tom] Coughlin.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

11 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

May 14th, 2012
5:48 pm

What a class. Now the money question. Who is not returning for sure?

ajg-marietta

May 14th, 2012
6:48 pm

You said it RidgeRunner. This is amazing class. Great things ahead for GSU Basketball.

zgoldatl

May 14th, 2012
6:50 pm

Great news for Muasau. Any news on what Bilukidi is going to do now that he was drafted in Canada as well?

glsjunior

May 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

GSU 2014 Final Four.

ajg-marietta

May 14th, 2012
7:34 pm

@zgoldatl Bilukidi will go to training camp with the Raiders, like any sane football player would. If they cut him, he will go to the waiting arms of the CFL.

Panama

May 14th, 2012
7:56 pm

Tourney Team

Anderson

May 14th, 2012
8:03 pm

I was not expecting another basketball signing….it’s a pleasant surprise to land Markus Crider. This young man appears to be an immediate impact player with three years of eligibility. The future of GSU basketball appears to be limitless. Coach Ron Hunter has amassed a recruiting class that I can envision making a NCAA tournament run (Sweet Sixteen) in 2-3 years.

Oh and congrats to Jake Muasau. One hurdle down.

GSU is in Atlanta

May 14th, 2012
8:53 pm

This is some great news for GSU Basketball, but who is going to be cut from the team to give Crider a spot?

Congrats to Bilukidi, Muasau, and Jones for making steps to the next level.

English

May 14th, 2012
9:54 pm

Sluggo

May 15th, 2012
10:00 am

Coach Hunter and staff have done an awesome job. Go Panthers!

GSUAlumBaseball81

May 15th, 2012
10:34 am

Wow! CRH is going to have an insane season in 2013. We are going to ROCK Hunterville!!! Looking so forward to GSU’s future in all sports!!! Division1A baby! Look out JACKETS! Congrats to JAKE too!!!