Georgia State beat: Hoops streak hits 14; football signs 25

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The winning streak is up to 14 games and the Panthers are rolling along. R.J. Hunter is 30th in the country in scoring as of Wednesday, putting up 19.9 points per game while proving that he is one of the best scorers in college basketball. Hunter, the son of head coach Ron Hunter, went for 31 points in a game against Texas-Arlington earlier this month. After their game on Thursday against Texas State, the Panthers will have seven games remaining in conference play and are looking to finish the season on an even bigger winning streak. If Georgia State can go into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament undefeated in league play, it will be favored to make the NCAA Tournament. The importance of claiming one of the top two seeds in the conference tournament cannot be understated, as that would earn GSU a double-bye all the way to the semifinals.


The football team finished with the 100th-rated recruiting class according to 247sports,which uses a composite score of all the recruiting sites to rank players. The Panthers signed eight three-star recruits and finished with a class of 25 student-athletes, including five who are already enrolled. One of those players is Nick Arbuckle, who is the top- rated junior college pro-style quarterback. Arbuckle and incoming freshman Emiere Scaife will have the opportunity to compete for next season’s starting quarterback job when they arrive on campus. The Panthers were also able to get six players who will compete in the trenches and add to the depth for which head coach Trent Miles has been looking.

This will allow for his teams to be more physical in years to come and shows where his focus is on taking this team to the next level. Miles was also able to get two hard-hitting linebackers to strengthen the run defense while also getting secondary help to give the pass-rushers more time to pressure the quarterback. Georgia State also seems to be establishing a connection with Stephenson High School to create a pipeline of talent. With three players in this class and the offers pouring out for the class of 2015, this connection could pay dividends sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Albert Wilson is the first Georgia State alum to ever be invited to participate in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Wilson caught 71 passes last season for 1177 yards and eight touchdowns.

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