CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.
R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State
6'6" | 185 lbs. | 21 years old
19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals, 37.2 minutes
14 to 25
Rashad Vaughn (UNLV), Justin Anderson (Virginia)
Burst into national scene with a super-long, game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the NCAA Tournament that stunned third-seeded Baylor and knocked his injured and coaching father off his stool. Yet the playmaking guard isn't a newcomer to the scouting circuit. ...Selected CAA Rookie of the Year before winning back-to-back Player of the Year honors in the Sun Belt after Georgia state switched conferences. ...Has the length (6-foot-11) and instincts to become a strong defender, but it's his work on the offense end that draws attention. ...Don't let his 29.8 percent on 3-pointers last season fool you. The streaky shooter has great range - and opposing teams knew this, making the Indianapolis native the focal point of their defensive schemes. He attempted 7.4 per game, sinking 2.2. Those numbers are in line with his previous seasons, but Hunter sank 40 percent as a sophomore. ...Somewhat limited athletically compared to other wings in the draft, which gives him less margin of error in terms of getting off his own shots. ...Thrives in big spots. Didn't just make the game-winning basket against Baylor, but scored 12 of his 16 total points in the final 2:39 as the Panthers closed the game with a 13-0 run. ...Lots of personality combined with leadership qualities.
He said it:
"Being a coach's son and a captain alone, it's extra pressure, so I had to learn how to react to coaching for me and my teammates. I feel I'm a good leader, I think I'm a proven leader and I'm a good teammate. Coach's sons, the perception is we're spoiled, we don't get along with our team, stay off campus, but I was always with my team, always involved with my team so I'm ready to show that."-- Hunter (via CSNchicago.com)
Fit for the Wizards:
If the Wizards aren't set on taking a big man, Hunter might be the ideal pick considering team needs and the modern NBA. His size and length would allow Coach Randy Wittman to use the rookie with John Wall and Bradley Beal in three-guard sets. His playmaking ability would allow the offense to run through him when needed. Talented and gutsy. Heat-check type scorer could help a second-unit that often lacked a go-to point-producer. Would also provide Wittman with a backcourt scoring option on the wing if Beal misses games due to injury for a fourth straight season. Mock drafts are 50-50 whether Hunter will be on the board at 19. Several teams picking ahead of the Wizards including the Thunder, Celtics, Bucks and Rockets could also use a deep shooter with size.
(Sidebar - I've watched Hunter since his freshman season from my days of covering George Mason in the CAA. Have tracked his career and waited for him to turn pro ever since. Previously wrote that Hunter reminds me some of an extrovert Otto Porter with deeper range because both are long and possess great instincts. Landing with the right or wrong team can make all the difference in terms of development, but I'd be stunned if Hunter doesn't find a niche/make a splash on the NBA level.)
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