Georgia State: Hoops looking forward after tough ending

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Georgia State head basketball coach Ron Hunter confirmed that his son, R.J. Hunter, will return to school for his junior season. There was little chance of the younger Hunter actually departing after this season, but many in the NBA still see him as an intriguing prospect who can provide instant offense off the bench.

With Hunter and Ryan Harrow both due back next season, the Panthers should expect another outstanding season in the Sun Belt Conference. Manny Atkins and Devonta White are both graduating, so players will need to step up this offseason to improve their game and slide into the starting lineup. GSU compiled a 17-1 regular-season record in the Sun Belt before losing a heartbreaker to Louisiana- Lafayette 82-81 in overtime with the league title and automatic NCAA Tournament berth at stake. The Panthers then fell to Clemson 78- 66 in round one of the NIT.


Spring practice has started back up and the football team is looking to make progress this season in the Sun Belt. In their debut conference campaign, the Panthers struggled making the transition. Head coach Trent Miles has refocused on the trenches in an attempt to boost the physicality this season. He has worked on this in the weight room and by focusing heavily on the offensive and defensive lines in recruiting. In the 2014 recruiting class, the Panthers added seven commits who will play in the trenches during their college careers.

Miles has also reopened the quarterback battle to promote competition and to get the right man in position to lead this team. Two freshmen will factor heavily in the battle—Emiere Scaife and Nick Arbuckle. There are five junior college transfers who are also fighting for playing time this upcoming season and Miles has made it clear that his players are going to have to earn their positions.


The baseball team is 11-14 on the season and has limped to a 1-5 start in Sun Belt play. Nic Wilson is having a fantastic year at the plate, posting a .417 batting average in 25 games as of Wednesday afternoon, while slugging 11 homers and legging out 10 doubles. He is the team leader in RBIs with 33 as well as runs, crossing the plate 25 times. Chase Raffield is also having a strong season with a bat- ting average of .325 in addition to five home runs and 25 RBIs.

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