Credit the son of Georgia State’s basketball coach with help in recruiting one of the state’s top basketball prospects.
TJ Shipes, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from Buford High School, committed to Georgia State over Utah, Rice, Old Dominion and UAB, among others. It was the fourth commitment for coach Ron Hunter’s 2012 recruiting class at Georgia State.
“TJ was real comfortable with Georgia State, and they have been recruiting him the hardest,” Buford coach Allen Whitehart said. “Coach Hunter sold TJ on his vision for the program and where he is taking it. TJ also developed a pretty good friendship with Coach Hunter’s son [RJ Hunter]. They met each other at summer camp, have stayed in touch through Facebook and Twitter, and are excited about playing together in college.”
Shipes averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds last year at Buford, which lost in the Class AA state championship game. “Georgia State is getting a freakish athlete,” Whitehart said. “He plays above the rim, he can run the floor and dunk – he’s a world-class athlete.”