Georgia State Panthers men's basketball

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Georgia State Panthers
2016–17 Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team
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University Georgia State University
Head coach Ron Hunter (6th season)
Conference Sun Belt
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Arena GSU Sports Arena
(Capacity: 3,854[1])
Nickname Panthers
Colors Blue and White[2]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2001, 2015
NCAA Tournament appearances
1991, 2001, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1991, 2001, 2015
Conference regular season champions
Atlantic Sun: 2000, 2001, 2002
Sun Belt: 2014, 2015

The Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team represents Georgia State University and competes in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. They are currently led by head coach Ron Hunter. The Panthers play at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.


The GSU Sports Arena during a men's basketball game

GSU Sports Arena[edit]

The Panthers play their home games at the GSU Sports Arena, located at 125 Decatur Street in the heart of the Georgia State campus. The facility was originally built in 1972 as a student gym and classroom space for physical education classes. [3] The arena has a capacity of 3,854. [4] After the 2014-15 season, the center-hanging scoreboard was replaced with a 4 sided hanging video scoreboard. [5] Plans were released in 2012 to renovate the arena to turn the court 90 degrees, allowing for the court to be completely surrounded by seating with a new capacity of 5,000. [6]

Practice Facility[edit]

In March 2015, work was started on a practice facility for the team as part of an incentive package at the request of head coach Ron Hunter. [7] In April 2016, the facility was completed, slightly under its initial $1 million budget. [8] The facility was built an unused aquatics facility, with the court being built over the swimming pool after being filled in with concrete and padding. [9] The court is named for Patty Ferrer and Cathy Henson, who's families were the main contributors to the project. [10] The facility is shared between the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the indoor volleyball team.


The Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team is currently coached by former IUPUI coach Ron Hunter. On March 21, 2011, President Mark P. Becker and Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced Hunter as the new head men's basketball coach at Georgia State University.[11] Ron Hunter is a spokesman for Samaritans Feet, an organization that donates footwear to poverty stricken children.[12] His involvement in this organization has led him to coach a number of games at IUPUI barefooted, a tradition continued in his career at Georgia State.

"Black Out" game against Georgia Southern in the GSU Sports Arena on Jan. 19, 2016

Bob Reinhart[edit]

Coach Bob Reinhart coached the Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team from 1985 until 1994. In that time he managed 107 wins against 148 losses. He is the current leader at Georgia State in wins (107), tenure (9 seasons); his winning percentage (.420) places him 4th all-time. Reinhart, an Indiana native; spent his freshman college season at Kentucky Wesleyan College and then transferred to Indiana University and played basketball for Branch McCracken for two seasons at Indiana University. He was a high school teammate of All-American Roger Kaiser.[13]

Reinhart was also named the Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club in 1990-91, leading the Panthers (16-15) to their first NCAA Tourney and again in 1994, when the Panthers finished 13-14; ironically, Reinhart was fired after the 1994 season and was replaced by his assistant and former player, Carter Wilson.[14]

"Lefty" Driesell era[edit]

Charles "Lefty" Driesell first began coaching the Georgia State men's basketball team beginning at the 1997-98 season and staying for 6 years. He won 103 games and lost 59, giving a .636 win percentage. During his time coaching the Panthers, he won the 2000, 2001, and 2002 regular season conference title, the 2001 conference tournament, and proceeded to the second round of the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Rod Barnes[edit]

Coach Rod Barnes, former Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year (2001) winner, coached the Georgia State Panthers men's basketball team from 2007 until 2011. In that time he managed 44 wins for 79 losses. At the end of the 2010-11 season, athletics director Cheryl Levick fired him with a year remaining on his contract. Current coach Ron Hunter was hired to replace him.

Ron Hunter[edit]

After the departure of Rod Barnes, 17 year coach IUPUI Ron Hunter was hired to take over the team.[15] Known for his affiliation with Samaritan's Feet, a charity that donates shoes to children, Hunter brought with his tradition of playing one game per season barefoot in an effort to raise awareness to his cause. [16] Hunter inherited a team mostly put together by his predecessor, a lineup that had only managed 12 wins the previous season[17] and finished with a 22-12 record, only the ninth winning season that the school had achieved since its inception in 1984.[18] His son, R. J. Hunter remained in Indianapolis to finish his high school career with his mother while Hunter coached in Atlanta and was actively recruited the elder Hunter to play at Georgia State, where he committed over Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Iowa.[19] R. J. would eventually go on to become the schools leading all time scorer while breaking many other records.[20]

Coach Hunter became the third Georgia State coach to take the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament during the 2015 iteration of the event. [21] After beating Georgia Southern in the Tournament, Coach Hunter tore his achilles tendon while running to his son R. J. Hunter in celebration, garnering attention from the media before their trip to the NCAA's. [22] This attention resulted in a media firestorm after Coach Hunter fell off the rolling stool he was coaching from when his son hit the game winning three pointer to beat third seeded Baylor Bears. The Panthers would be eliminated from the tournament in the next round by Xavier.

Post season tournament results[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

Georgia State has been to the NCAA Tournament three times. Their combined record is 2–3.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1991 16 First Round Arkansas L 76–117
2001 11 First Round
Second Round
W 50–49
L 60–79
2015 14 Second Round
Third Round
W 57–56
L 67–75

NIT results[edit]

Georgia State has been to the National Invitation Tournament twice. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2002 Opening Round Tennessee Tech L 62–64
2014 First Round Clemson L 66–78

CIT results[edit]

Georgia State has appeared in two Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Tennessee Tech
W 74–43
L 59–64
2017 First Round Texas A&M–Corpus Christi L 64–80

NBA players[edit]

School records[edit]

Records referenced from the Georgia State University [23] [24]


  • Most wins - 29 during the 2000-01 season
  • Longest Winning Streak - 14 games during the 2013-14 regular season.
  • Most free throws made in a game - 22 of 22 on January 9th, 2014 against Western Kentucky
  • Most assists in a game - 27 on November 14th, 2015 against Tennessee Temple
  • Largest Margin of Victory - by 60 points on November 14th, 2014 against Tennessee Temple

Personal in game[edit]

  • Most points - 49 by Chris Collier (vs. Butler) on January 2, 1991
  • Most field goals made - Tied 3 ways at 19, by Chris Collier (vs. Butler) on January 2, 1991; by Bob Pierson (vs. Georgia Southern) on December 14, 1976; and by Jackie Poag (vs. Chattanooga) on January 6, 1972
  • Most field goal attempts - 29 by Jackie Poag (vs. Chattanooga) on January 6, 1972
  • Most 3-pointers made - 12 by R. J. Hunter (vs. UTSA) on December 22nd, 2013 (beating his original record of 10 (vs. Old Dominion) on February 2nd, 2013)
  • Most 3-pointers attempted - 19 by R. J. Hunter (vs. UTSA) on December 22, 2013
  • Most free throws made - 18 by Ron Ricketts (vs. Southwestern Memphis) on January 20, 1971
  • Most free throws attempted - Tied 2 ways at 22, by Travis Williams (vs. Florida International) on January 14, 1993; and by Bo Wolfe (vs. Rollins) on December 15, 1967
  • Most rebounds - 28 by Ron Ricketts (vs. Baptist) on January 8, 1972
  • Most assists - 15 by Howie Jarvis (vs. South Florida) on February 29, 1979
  • Most blocks - Tied 3 ways at 9, by Curtis Washington (vs. Southern Poly) on November 9, 2013; James Vincent (vs. Monmouth) on November 20, 2012; and by Sylvester Morgan (vs. Mercer) on January 23, 2005
  • Most steals - Tied 5 ways at 8, by R. J. Hunter (vs. UL Lafayette) on March 14, 2015; Shernard Long (vs. Campbell) on January 4, 2000; by Corey Gauff (vs. SE Louisiana) on February 27, 1992; by Dewey Haley (vs. Centenary) on February 2, 1985; and by Chris Collier (vs. Florida International) on December 20, 1989

Personal in season[edit]

  • Most points - 688 by R. J. Hunter during the 2014–15 season
  • Most points by a freshman - 527 by R.J. Hunter during the 2012–13 season [25]
  • Most field goals made - 222 by Ryan Harrow during the 2013–14 season
  • Most field goal attempts - 475 by Thomas Terrell during the 2001–02 season
  • Most 3-point field goals - 100 by R. J. Hunter during the 2013–14 season
  • Most free throws made - 203 by Phillip Luckydo during the 1990–91 season
  • Most consecutive free throws made - 38 by R. J. Hunter during the 2013–14 season
  • Most rebounds - 328 by Chris Collier during the 1990–91 season
  • Most double-doubles - 18 by Chris Collier in the 1990–91 season
  • Most assists - 222 by Eric Ervin during the 1982–83 season
  • Most blocks - 118 by Eric Buckner during the 2011–12 season
  • Most steals - 84 by Kevin Morris during the 2000–01 season

Personal in career (at GSU)[edit]

  • Total career points - R.J. Hunter at 1,819
  • Total 3-point attempts - R.J. Hunter at 715
  • Total 3-pointers made - R.J. Hunter at 253
  • Total 3-point percentage - Marcus Brown at .449
  • Total field goals attempted - R.J. Hunter at 1,321
  • Total field goals made - Chavelo Holmes at 588
  • Total field goal percentage - Chris Jackson at .604
  • Total free throws attempted - Terrence Brandon at 531
  • Total free throws made - R.J. Hunter at 448
  • Final free throw percentage - R.J. Hunter at .853
  • Total career rebounds - Terrence Brandon at 750
  • Total double-doubles - Tied between Chris Collier and Quincy Gause at 29
  • Total career blocked shots - Eric Buckner at 167
  • Total career assists - Rodney Hamilton at 535
  • Total career steals - Rodney Hamilton at 212
  • Total games started - Rodney Hamilton at 105
  • Total career wins - Ryann Green at 87


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