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Tournament darling R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA

Dee Davis, R.J. Hunter, Matt Stainbrook

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Georgia State star R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA, the school announced on Monday.

Hunter, who just finished his junior season, is projected by Draft Express to be a late first round pick in the 2015 draft, although he struggled a bit shooting the ball as a junior. His three-point percentage fell from 39.7 to 29.8 as a junior, although his assist numbers did double to 3.5 per game as he spent more time playing on the ball than in past season.

Hunter, along with his father, became a sensation during the 2015 NCAA tournament. After Ron Hunter, who also happens to be R.J.'s head coach at GSU, tore his achilles tendon celebrating a win in the Sun Belt title game, he was relegated to a scooter to get around and a desk chair to use while coaching on the sidelines.

In one of the most unforgettable moments in recent NCAA tournament history, R.J. capped a 13-0 run in which he scored 12 points with a game-winning three to land an upset of No. 3 Baylor, a shot that knocked Ron right out of his chair: