Some tidbits from Hunter about GSU hoops

Spent a few minutes talking with Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter today for a story that will run next week previewing the start of practice.

Teams can begin practicing at 5 p.m. next Friday. The Panthers, who won 22 games last year, will open their season at Duke on Nov. 9.

Anyway, here are a few things he talked about:

1. He wanted the team, which has nine new players, to get to know each other and develop some mental toughness so he hired a former Navy SEAL to put them through a few training sessions. He called it intense. (I’ll have more on that later).

2. As many of you already know, the team also went to South Africa as part of a Samaritan’s Feet trip. There, they learned a memorable lesson about how good they have it. (I’ll have more on that later).

3. Hunter doesn’t seem to be worried about scoring this year. (More on that later)

4. Some of you have wondered who might be the big man to replace Eric Buckner. The Panthers may have found one, but it may not be who you think . (I’ll have more on that later).

5. The starting five right now: Devonta White, Rashaad Richardson, James Vincent, Manny Atkins and R.J. Hunter.

6. Hunter plans on rotating eight players. Six spots look set. The remaining two are up for grabs. (More on that later).

7. Hunter has also hired a sports psychologist, which I noted before, but figured it was worth another mention.

8. The NCAA hasn’t ruled on Curtis Washington’s eligibility. He transferred from USC. The NCAA recently asked for some more paperwork, which Hunter interprets as a good sign.

9. Practice will start next Friday at 7 p.m. Hunter hopes to have some successful Atlanta businessmen give the team their tips on how to succeed in life before they hit the court.

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

17 comments Add your comment

J-GSU

October 4th, 2012
5:19 pm

Oh Doug, you tease! Thanks for the update.

Gotta think that Markus Crider and Cameron Solomon are those other two spots

Orlando Panther

October 4th, 2012
5:40 pm

Now this is the kinda article I like reading!

BBall season can’t get here soon enough!

ajg-marietta

October 4th, 2012
8:04 pm

I think the Buckner replacement is Burguillos. That would jibe with what has been reported elsewhere.

RidgeRunner

October 4th, 2012
8:33 pm

ajg-marietta did you hear who the starting 5 right now are? This should be an interesting year filled with real promise unlike football. Go Panthers

Orlando Panther

October 4th, 2012
9:39 pm

Ron Hunter, thank you for being awesome

Mike Geigerman

October 4th, 2012
9:46 pm

I may come back .. More on that later

Hunterville

October 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Ron Hunter will take GSU to the NCAA tournament within 3 years, book it! He will set a standard for GSU athletics that will completely transform the university. I have personally met the man and his energy and passion for his team, the game and people in general is infectious. If you have not gone to a basketball game recently you NEED to get to the sports arena ASAP, while seats are still available.

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

October 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Can’t wait to be back in the Ron Hunter Arena!

STATEment

October 4th, 2012
10:22 pm

@Hunterville took the words out of my mouth. Ordering my tickets tomorrow.
Go Panthers.

PantherFan

October 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

My only concern for this year is can Vincent replace Buckner and who is going to take over on defense like James Fields did last year? You gotta admit Fields was crazy on D…. Dude was unstoppable!!

Kevin

October 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

Last year in the VAA. Send those bitches off in tears Panthers

Panther

October 5th, 2012
12:32 am

I’m not scared and I know CRH isn’t either. Maybe we can set some more records this year.

Mary McElroy

October 5th, 2012
8:34 am

Already looking forward to this. The better the team performs, the sooner we can get that new basketball arena built.

GSUdpb

October 5th, 2012
8:56 am

Thanks Ryan Seacrest…. err… I mean Doug.

Chicken Bone

October 5th, 2012
10:22 am

Coach Hunter is the MAN and I cannot wait for the season to begin. Wish he had a brother that coached football!

Panthers

October 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

Ga State will have the best men’s college basketball team in Georgia for the next 5 years.

BariBlue

October 6th, 2012
11:29 am

Can’t wait for BASKETBALL season to start… football has been a huge disappointment. Go Panthers!!!