Rookies of the Year

Three Georgia State newcomers bring home the hardware

As Georgia State bids farewell to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), the remaining schools likely aren’t too broken up at the university’s departure. With CAA rookies of the year in baseball and men’s basketball, the league members are likely ecstatic they won’t have to face R.J. Hunter in basketball and Josh Merrigan in baseball for the next three years.


Georgia State’s rookies of the year: R.J. Hunter, Josh Merrigan and Johnathan Grey.

The men’s golf teams in the Sun Belt, Georgia State’s new conference, are already familiar with Johnathan Grey, the Sun Belt golf rookie of the year.

Hunter, son of Panthers Head Coach Ron Hunter, earned Freshman All-America honors after becoming the most prolific freshman scorer in school history. He finished the year with a record 527 points, an average of 17 points a game. He also earned All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Rookie Team honors.

Merrigan, a left-handed hitting center fielder, had the most productive freshman season in Georgia State history with a .353 average, 36 runs batted in and 52 runs scored. He was also selected as second-team All-CAA and to the CAA All-Rookie team.

Grey finished the year with 12 top 25 finishes in 13 events, including three wins and three other top 10 finishes. In addition, he was named to the Freshman All-America team, the first Panther to earn top freshman honors.