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GSU’s Hunter Earns Freshman All-America Honors

Apr 1, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter

Boston, Mass.—The accolades continued to come in for Georgia State freshman stand-out R.J. Hunter on Monday as he was named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team. The CAA Rookie of the Year and All-CAA First Team member was one of just four freshmen in the country to average at least 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

The team includes Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State), John Brown (High Point), Omar Calhoun (Connecticut), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Semaj Christon (Xavier), Damyean Dotson (Oregon), Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Danuel House (Houston), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Marcus Paige (North Carolina), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), JaKarr Sampson (St. John’s), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown).

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana “Mr. Basketball” played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record. After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

The 2013 Kyle Macy award will be presented to the nation’s top freshman on April 5 at the awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Hunter was named CAA Rookie of the Year unanimously earlier last month and earned All-CAA First Team honors at the CAA Championship Banquet. Hunter also earned CAA All-Rookie Team honors.

Hunter became the first Panther to earn both top awards following a season that saw him finish sixth in the CAA in scoring.

“This is a great honor for R.J. and for Georgia State,” commented head coach Ron Hunter. “I am extremely proud of R.J. as both and coach and a father. This was a very special year for me coaching him and I am looking forward to bigger and even better things over the next three years.”

Hunter was a unanimous selection for the CAA Rookie of the Year award as he tallied double figures in 24 contests and topped the 20-point mark 12 times.  He was also the first freshman to be named to the All-CAA first team since UNCW’s Brett Blizzard in 1999-2000.

Hunter, a six-time CAA Rookie of the Week, also earned CAA Player of the Week and Lou Henson National Player of the Week honors on Feb. 4. The freshman from Indianapolis put together the most impressive freshman season in Georgia State history, setting a school-record with 527 points scored in his first year.

He scored a career-high and CAA season-high 38 points against Old Dominion, making a school-record 10 three-pointers. The 38 points are the seventh most scored in a single-game in Panther history and the most by any player in the CAA this season.

Hunter made his collegiate debut at No. 8 Duke, scoring a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Georgia State will return all but one senior to a squad that went 15-16 and finished tied for fifth in the CAA this year, the Panthers best finish since joining the league in 2005.

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