Georgia State shooting guard R.J. Hunter will stay out of the draft and remain in school for the 2014/15 season, as his father Ron Hunter, who doubles as Georgia State’s coach, tells Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The 20-year-old is No. 59 on Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress rankings, while Chad Ford of ESPN.com doesn’t list him on his big board, perhaps because Hunter has been expected to remain in school. Givony has him in his 2015 mock draft, rather than his 2014 version.
Hunter averaged 18.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 39.5% three-point shooting this season for the Panthers, who compete in the Sun Belt Conference. He popped for 41 points, including a 12 for 19 performance from beyond the arc, against Texas-San Antonio, but he went just 4 for 16 from the field in his final game, a loss to Clemson in the NIT.
Givony lists Hunter at No. 42 in his 2015 mock, suggesting he’s not far off from first-round consideration for next year. Goodman calls him an underrated prospect, so perhaps he’ll be a player to watch in 2014/15.