One of Indiana’s top basketball prospects called his dad and revealed his college decision.
The player was RJ Hunter, and his dad was Ron Hunter, the new basketball coach at Georgia State.
The 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard committed to Georgia State over his other finalists of Wake Forest, Iowa and Virginia Tech.
“He was speechless for the first time in his life,” RJ told the AJC. “He was shocked. I think he even hung up on me when I called and told him because it was kind of out of the blue. He was shocked and excited. He really didn’t have anything to say.”
RJ is a rising senior at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He thought about waiting until after taking some official visits in the fall to make his college decision, but changed his mind.
“I think it was just the time to do it,” RJ said. “The recruiting process had started to drain on me. I just wanted to worry about getting better and playing basketball. So I decided to commit and Georgia State was my favorite.”
Why was Georgia State his favorite? “Obviously, the coach and I think you know that guy,” RJ said. “I like the new coaching staff, the players, and the campus. It seemed like everything was right. It was a great pick for me.”
RJ said a big influence on his decision was a conversation with Bryce Drew. He signed to play with his father Homer Drew at Valparaiso over much bigger offers.
“He said he loved playing for his dad at Valpo, and that right there was a turning point,” RJ said. “He was being recruited by bigger schools; he said it was all about where you can go and play. He said he loved playing for his father and it was the best experience of his life.
“Obviously, they won a lot and went deep into the  NCAA tournament. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do at Georgia State.”
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