“In the Gym Range”: RJ Hunter Prospect Profile

RJ Hunter NBA
Hunter’s calling card is easily his outside game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

RJ Hunter (Junior, Georgia State, @RJH_22)

Shooting Guard/6’6/185/Age: 21

Product of…Pike HS (Indianapolis, IN)

Quick Stats

19.7 points/game, 3.6 assists/game, 4.7 rebounds/game

RJ Hunter, along with his father Ron Hunter, was the best story in all of March Madness. The player-coach combo led Georgia State to an incredible first-round upset over Baylor, with RJ hitting the game-winning three with just over 2 seconds left on the clock. That bucket was a precursor of what is come for RJ, a lights-out shooter capable of knocking down difficult looks from anywhere.

Hailing from a mid-major, RJ will have to silence the “normal” criticism from people who feel his level of competition was poor and that he will falter going against superior athletes. At the NBA Draft Combine and during workouts, RJ has the chance to separate himself as the undisputed top shooter in the class.

Strengths:

-Shooting, shooting, shooting; coming off pin downs, spot ups, etc., he is lights out; consistent form with great balance

-Improving scorer off the dribble; not a great ball-handler but he can put it on the floor with relative success

-Not afraid of the spotlight

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-3rd Round-Xavier vs Georgia State

Weaknesses:

-Speed and strength; can he add enough muscle to defend twos?

-Shot selection needs to improve

-Has to learn how to impact the game in areas other than scoring

D.O.G. Status: RJ is firmly in the 18-35 draft range, as contending teams would love to select a knock down shooter to come off the bench. He could challenge for All-Rookie honors if given enough playing time.

NBA Comparison: JJ Redick

#DOFGAME #DOG

-Jabari J.

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