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R.J. Hunter, Georgia State's tourney hero from 2015, signs with Atlanta Hawks

R.J. Hunter was the toast of the town three years ago, after leading Georgia State to a signature upset of Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

ATLANTA–Three years ago, R.J. Hunter was the toast of the town, after leading Georgia State to a signature upset of Baylor in the 2015 NCAA Tournament (Round of 64).

As a bonus, Hunter's game-winning triple from three-point range was enough to produce a viral video for the masses.

R.J.'s father, Ron Hunter, who doubles as Georgia State's head coach, fell off his on-court chair, while nursing an Achilles injury, as a means of spontaneously celebrating his son's accomplishment, along with the Panthers' second NCAA tourney victory in school history.

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Fast forward to the present ... R.J. Hunter has returned to his collegiate roots in Atlanta, the result of signing with the Hawks on Friday.

R.J. Hunter had a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets last year, averaging 3.8 points in limited action (minus one start). With the Rockets' G-League affiliate (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Hunter averaged 20.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals, while shooting nearly 38 percent from beyond the arc.

Will Hunter end up a fixture with the Hawks? Only time will tell. But with training camp in the not-too-distant future, one can never discount the chances of pure shooters making an Atlanta club that promotes pace, space and long-range accuracy.

Hunter, a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year with Georgia State, was a first-round selection with the Boston Celtics (28th overall) in 2015. He remains the Panthers' all-time leading scorer (1,819 points).