Georgia State signs four basketball recruits, including coach’s son

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Georgia State first-year coach Ron Hunter signed four basketball recruits on Monday, including his son.

RJ Hunter of Indianapolis picked Georgia State over Wake Forest and Iowa, among other others. The 6-foot-6, 175-pound Hunter will be joined by Buford forward TJ Shipes, former Lovejoy shooting guard Cameron Solomon of Brevard Junior College, and point guard David Travers of Carlsbad, Calif.

“I am so pleased with our first class,” Hunter said. “Our coaching staff did a great job of finding some of the most talented players in the country who have bought in to our style of play and will be able to help make an immediate impact at Georgia State.

“It was important for us to make an impression on the city, the southeast and the country with this class,” continued Hunter. “The Colonial Athletic Association is one of the best basketball conferences in the country and we want to compete every night and win conference championships. We feel as though these four outstanding young men will help us continue toward those goals.”

Here is a look at each signee (provided by Georgia State SID assistant Raymond Holmes)

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)

  • R.J. Hunter: Hunter is a 6-6, 175-pound shooting guard with tremendous range and very good ball handling skills. He has very good leaping ability and has shown the ability to defend players at multiple positions. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to coach R.J.,” said Hunter. “I have never had the chance to coach my son and I am truly honored that he decided to come play for me. He is a talented player with tremendous upside and will be a great addition to our program.” As a junior at Pike, Hunter averaged 14.2 points and shot 39 percent from behind the three-point arc, helping his team to a sectional title and the Marion County Championship. He teamed up with Marquis Teague, a Kentucky commit and brother of Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague to lead Pike to one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, finishing 21-5. He chose Georgia State over Wake Forest, Iowa and Virginia Tech.
  • David Travers: Travers is a 6-1, 165-pound point guard with tremendous quickness, improving range and a very good ball handler. As a junior, the Carlsbad, Calif., native averaged 12 points, seven assistants and three steals per game. He helped lead La Costa Canyon High School to the CIF San Diego Section Championship and the second round of the state playoffs, finishing the year ranked 17th in the state of California. “To be successful in a conference like the CAA, you must have a great point guard,” said Hunter. “I think David is that type of player. I was impressed with both him and his family from the minute that I met them and I am convinced he is the type of player that will fit perfectly into our system.” Travers chose Georgia State over UC Davis and Denver.
  • T.J. Shipes: Shipes, a power forward at nearby Buford High School in Gwinnett County, measures at 6-8, 220 pounds. He can run the floor well and uses his body well around the basket. Last season, he led Buford to the Class AA State Championship Game after scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds per game. He earned all-state and Gwinnett Tip-off Club team of the year honors. “T.J. is the exact type of low post presence that we needed to sign,” said Hunter. “He has all of the attributes that I look for in a big-man and I know that he is going to be able to do some great things at Georgia State. T.J. chose Georgia State over Utah, Tennessee, Northwestern, Charlotte, UAB and CAA foe Old Dominion.
  • Cameron Solomon: A native of nearby Hampton, Ga., Cameron is a 6-4, 175-pound shooting guard with tremendous range who played locally at Lovejoy High School. He was one of Metro Atlanta’s most electric scorers during his senior year, averaging 24 points, four rebounds and five assists per game. He can handle the ball and plays taller than his frame with very long arms. “Cameron is a true scorer,” said Hunter. “He has no problem taking the ball to the basket, hitting the mid-range jumper or knocking down a long-range three-pointer. I really like his upside and the talents he can bring to the court.” Last year, he played nine games at High Point University, averaging 1.9 points and hitting 50 percent of his field goals before an injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. He scored eight points and had three rebounds in his first collegiate game against Ferrum.

RELATED: East Hall forward Morgan Jackson signed with the Georgia State women.

– Information courtesy of Georgia State Sports Information Department

14 comments Add your comment

ATLANTA GEORGIA, USA

November 9th, 2011
6:48 pm

Wow

November 9th, 2011
7:02 pm

glsjunior

November 9th, 2011
7:11 pm

Great recruiting class! Good Job Coach Hunter!

Fire Bill Curry!

GStateBen

November 9th, 2011
8:03 pm

Thanks Michael! Welcome to the family RJ, TJ, David and Cameron!

Nick Bray

November 9th, 2011
9:32 pm

Dont need people like you gls I hope you know that. Grow up and go “support” some other school. I hear Southern always needs fans…

PT_Ryan

November 9th, 2011
10:08 pm

Thanks for posting this.

We have a deeper dive into each member of the class along with videos on http://www.panthertalk.com if interested.

I think this is the best class we have ever signed.

English

November 9th, 2011
10:29 pm

Likes the new additions. I’m excited about Shipes. I love it when GSU get big men recruits. Hunter, Cameron and David are all excellent too but IMO big men make the difference in the CAA. Just don’t quote names like Maynor, Jenkins, JJ Barea or Janning. They’re all NBA or exNBA players but I strongly believe the ultimate equalizer at the Mid Major level is the big man.

Welcome to State Shipes

AgentOrange

November 9th, 2011
10:36 pm

Great first class for CRH.

Phil Oneacre

November 10th, 2011
9:12 am

Good class to help replace our Seniors.

coachx

November 10th, 2011
9:15 am

Ga State is not used to getting talent like Hunter and Shipes. Great recruiting job by Coach Hunter.

Coach Hunter may actually get the basktball program turned around at State.

Go Panthers !

glsjunior

November 10th, 2011
10:41 am

Nick I have 2 degrees from GA State, you go root for Southern.

Ewalt

November 10th, 2011
2:08 pm

I think Shipes could end up being a great player for us. RJ Hunter needs to bulk up big time before he plays any significant minutes.

GSU TRUE

November 11th, 2011
8:41 am

Come see the difference in the sports arena with CRH!!! Why not do something new and come to the sports arena and lift up the team and coaches and cheer for them! That would be the best thing for the entire university! See y’all on Nov 18th! Let’s see if the alums can set a great example of lifting the team and students up! That would be something amazing for GSU …. Alums that set good examples! All we see are rude comments on blogs! What an example…be part of a change to move positively than complaining and pointing fingers!

D-Jerry

November 15th, 2011
11:32 am

“Son” better be able to play……