Indiana basketball star commits to Georgia State over Wake Forest, Iowa and Virginia Tech

RJ Hunter commits to his father over ACC and Big Ten opportunities (Photo by Indy Star)

RJ Hunter commits to his father over ACC and Big Ten opportunities (Photo by Indy Star)

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 [1998] NCAA tournament. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do at Georgia State.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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51 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

May 25th, 2011
2:45 pm

Welcome to the Georgia State family RJ! That’s one for 2012. This Is Our City!

GIVE ME A BREAK

May 25th, 2011
2:56 pm

Good for the family. This guy was raised right. He loves his dad. Welcome to Atlanta.

Go Panthers!!

May 25th, 2011
3:04 pm

The Anti-BuzzDraft

May 25th, 2011
3:05 pm

Welcome RJ and thank you Coach Darryl LaBarrie. Keep the recruits comming and State will leave the jackets in the dust!

02 'alumni

May 25th, 2011
3:17 pm

Awesome !

Weclome to GSU !

We are looking foward to an exciting brand of basketball again. Beware though, the Colonial Conference is no joke with Old Dominion, VCU, Drexel, and George Mason.

Nick Bray

May 25th, 2011
3:19 pm

Welcome to the Panther Nation RJ! GSU is headed in the right direction…

glsjunior

May 25th, 2011
3:57 pm

Championship!

Remarkable

May 25th, 2011
3:57 pm

Im a UGA fan but I say well done!

anotherdawg

May 25th, 2011
4:01 pm

Ditto to Remarkable!

bwash21

May 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

Not a huge surprise, but wow, they are shaping up for the future at GSU. Manny Atkins and now this kid to go with Devonta White. Congratulations. GSU will be fun to watch.

JAWJeRDAWG

May 25th, 2011
4:26 pm

What an wonderful early Father’s Day gift to his Dad!

Good for Georgia State and the Hunter family. Best wishes to you, RJ, in your collegiate career, both on the court and in the classroom!

Hammer22

May 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

Great news for the program!

Itmeagain

May 25th, 2011
4:31 pm

I think all those Ron Hunter haters are probably eating their words right now. Definitely a sense of renewed energy in the basketball program, all that needs to happen now is some big renovations to the Sports Arena to show that Georgia State is serious about its basketball.

jweaver

May 25th, 2011
4:35 pm

This team is going to be fun to watch in a couple of years.

GSUMEXALUM

May 25th, 2011
4:43 pm

Awesome news! Welcome to your new HOME!

coloradobulldog

May 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

GSU is instantly better than GT.

Underground Atlanta

May 25th, 2011
5:32 pm

`
…………. go panthers ……………..
.

Honest Ingine

May 25th, 2011
6:08 pm

As Sister Sledge would say…..WE ARE FAMILY…….Look out all you non believers…..

Josh

May 25th, 2011
6:10 pm

LOL @ thinking Atlanta is GSU’s city…let’s see GSU actually land a bigtime recruit from “their city”.

Itsmeagain

May 25th, 2011
6:37 pm

@Josh. Are you saying it’s Techs city?

PALM TREE

May 25th, 2011
6:42 pm

I agree strongly with RJ’s decision and I absolutely would have to consider this as a “GREAT” FATHER’S DAY PRESENT and a “feel good” story.

Josh

May 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

itsmeagain,

Well, GSU can’t beat GT, or recruit as well so yeah. It won’t EVER be GSU’s city. Heck, GSU can’t even recruit their own city, name one big time player to go there. Please Don’t say Rashad Chase, that’s hilarious. Devonta White? He wasn’t getting any bigger offers.

No ATL kid is going to go there when there is bigger offers out there…no kid is going there from ATL is he has both a GSU and GT offer.

Itsmeagain

May 25th, 2011
7:02 pm

Tech is techs place. It’s a cult for tech kids. If Atlanta isn’t GSU’s city then it’s Georgia’s.

Gary

May 25th, 2011
9:10 pm

Itsmeagain – dont be a homer GSU fan. Its obvious that a GSU fan has no argument against a Tech fan about basketball. Just a silly argument to make. And UGA was good for one year with players the coach didnt recruit. It wont last.

Hammer22

May 25th, 2011
10:51 pm

Tech has it’s own mess to clean up. No one is saying Tech isn’t a good program. You all are in the ACC. So to all the Tech fans, don’t rain on our parade. We got a kid yall recruited, so what. Life goes on. Hopefully, RJ will bring a few more friends with him to GSU.

gsu01

May 25th, 2011
11:13 pm

Welcome to GSU RJ!! Can’t wait to see you dominate the CAA!

SansWorld

May 25th, 2011
11:33 pm

Congrats GSU and RJ,

Hammer, no one is trying to rain on your parade. Honestly a competitive GSU program is good for the City and the state. This positive attention would probably mean more Atlanta recruits stay home and is ultimately good for GT. Do you think UNC isn’t better having Duke seven miles away?

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swatguy

May 26th, 2011
5:13 am

Congrats GSU. Josh, Chase was a good player, graduated on time and was a good recruit for and from APS. Chase had a coach that buried him in the post at 6′6 instead of on the wings. Don’t hate on him, he’s doing well playing pro ball with a GSU diploma on his resume`. Coach Hunter will do well to establish relationships here at home. With the football program on feet, GSU is becoming more than a consideration. Atlanta is an attractive recruit tool so we’ll see.

Ozell White

May 26th, 2011
8:06 am

Good CHOICE! Senior is a solid coach.

OutSTATEd

May 26th, 2011
8:21 am

Congratulations RJ, welcome to the GSU family (pun intended). I hope you enjoy your summer and can’t wait to see you play. You should be very proud of yourself and the work your father is doing, I think you are going to be very happy with your decision to play for him.
GO PANTHERS!

colincowherdisbadforsports

May 26th, 2011
9:26 am

This is great for GT, GSU,UGA. Turning eventually into some good college basketball.

collegeballfan

May 26th, 2011
12:53 pm

Great for GSU. And great for college basketball in Georgia.

Thoroughbred

May 26th, 2011
1:16 pm

NEWSFLASH: I’m not saying the kid isn’t good but he isn’t even the best player on his high school team. His point guard Marquis Teague, Jeff Teague’s little brother is. I’m just saying when you play along side one of if not the best point gaurds in high school basketball this year you probably look better than you actually are.

Zeke

May 26th, 2011
1:34 pm

Going to the BIG DANCE!

Hammer22

May 26th, 2011
2:54 pm

Thoroughbred,

Teague is right now a better player and a year older, but NEWSFLASH: that doesn’t somehow mean RJ wouldn’t receive those same offers if Teague wasn’t there. The other teammates don’t have those offers. I guess you are questioning the recruiting efforts of many college recruiting coordinators including Tech.

Pike Hoops

May 26th, 2011
3:02 pm

Just making the team at Pike is a herculean feat let alone the starting lineup – take a peek at their basketball alums and you will see what I mean

Thoroughbred

May 26th, 2011
4:05 pm

@Hammer22

I never said the kid isn’t any good. Some people on here are acting like GSU is final four bound. GSU was awful last year. I will be willing to bet he will never even be the best player while he is at GSU. Trust me I know from experience if you play with really good players they make you look better than you are. I’m not saying he had offers from Tech, Iowa, Va Tech, Wake and others because he played with one of the nations top point gaurds. I’m saying it’s not like Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Kansas and the rest of the big boys were fighting it out for him on the recruiting trail. So NO I’m not questioning the recruiting efforts of GT. GT should be more worried about raising thier APR so they don’t lose anymore scholly’s.

Milledgeville Dawg

May 26th, 2011
4:23 pm

Good decision young man.

GSU_2012

May 26th, 2011
5:32 pm

It will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out. Most of this excitement comes from the fact that GSU does not get kids like this most years and right now we have two for 2012. Hopefully it will work out well for our team. Personally, I just hope that we make some progress this coming year

TO

May 26th, 2011
8:15 pm

Are you all surpise? That’s his son.He’s not that good I saw RJ play.Why Bulter, IU. NDU not recruiting him?

bitter "OLE" School dooley(aka vince)

May 26th, 2011
9:08 pm

it always help’s having the inside track————————–yaaaaaaaw

————————hershal’s inside track was the black 1978 trans am—————yaaaaaw

———————hahahahahahahahahahahahah

————————good luck young pup———play hard—wark hard——-win at all cost

Get real

May 27th, 2011
7:27 am

PLEASE!!! Tech basketball is soooo screwed up right now that no decent recruit would even think about going there!

KevinM

May 27th, 2011
8:23 am

Ok, Coach, time to go get some big fellas to help your son out here.

This blog is as popular as the Tech and Dog blogs, w/o the football references.

Will this be the 2nd coming of Lefty Driesell bringing respect to GSU?

Does this give GSU the best recruiting class in the state?

Michael Carvell

May 27th, 2011
8:59 am

@Tell me again, thanks for your post. Lots of colleges (including Georgia) offered and SIGNED recruits who weren’t yet qualified, as they do every year. We’ll find out over the next couple of weeks if they all meet NCAA requirements. Some won’t. As far as his brother Robert, you’re entitled to your opinion and I appreciate it. IMHO he’s not “might be” … he’s as much of a “sure thing” as any SOPH prospect I’ve ever seen in 25 years of covering sports. Thanks again for your comments.

nickj0321

May 27th, 2011
9:11 am

LOL Good job GA State…you are nowhere near the level of GT…but enjoy your day of happiness on one recruit. If all it took was one recruit, GT would be a contender every year…

gsu01

May 27th, 2011
9:56 am

-nickj – you may want to look at all of GSU’s incoming recruits before you run your mouth.

PantherCJ

May 27th, 2011
1:19 pm

I don’t follow college basketball, but this will get me started.

Go Panthers!

gt4ever

May 28th, 2011
10:20 am

GSU basketball. What a JOKE!

Itsmeagain

May 28th, 2011
8:59 pm

Lol. I find it funny that tech kids are knocking GSU basketball. Where did you place in the ACC last season? And now how much are you paying the coach you just fired per month?