Style Points: Georgia State’s Father/Son Combo; Willie Cauley-Stein Rocks Custom Air Jordan 11 Sneakers

  • The Hunters

    During the “real” opening day of March Madness, George State pulled off one of the most shocking upsets of the last few years, coming from behind in the last few minutes and beating Baylor behind a 30-foot three-point bomb from star guard R.J. Hunter. The best part, however, was his father Ron Hunter falling out of his chair, literally. The elder Hunter just so happens to be the team’s coach and just so happened to be coaching in a stool after tearing his left Achilles during the Sun Belt Conference championship celebration. It was one of those moments that can only happen in the NCAA Tournament, something bound to get replayed over and over again for the next 10-15 years.

    After seeing this, it’s no wonder NBA scouts have been hot on R.J. Hunter’s tail all season.

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  • Demetrius Jackson

    Playing 38 minutes during Notre Dame’s second round win over Northeastern in the NCAA Tournament, Jackson didn’t score double-figures but he did just about everything else. He dished out eight dimes, had two steals, pulled down four boards, and even blocked two shots. He also pulled off this combo move. Flex on ’em, Demetrius.

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  • Rajon Rondo

    Rondo’s time in Dallas has been anything but smooth. However, under improved communication with Rick Carlisle, the old Rondo is slowly coming back. Over his last 10 games, his assist numbers have jumped to over seven per game despite playing only 30.6 minutes per game. Then during a big win over the Magic recently, Rondo did this, throwing a no-look, over-the-shoulder bomb to Monta Ellis for a layup. It’s already one of the best and most underrated passes of the year.

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  • George Hill

    The Pacers are about to make the playoffs without Paul George. Amazing. I can’t tell if that’s just because the East is so, so bad or it’s because Indiana is secretly good. Well, at least since the All-Star break they’ve been one of the conference’s best teams, in part because George Hill is finally back from injury and feeling comfortable. Against Toronto recently, he DESTROYED Lou Williams‘ ankles and so what that they didn’t make the shot? This is Style Points. And even earlier in this one, he put a spin move on Patrick Patterson along the baseline — and he converted that one — that had Indiana’s whole bench ready to storm the court.

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  • Air Jordan 13 Ray Allen Mache

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    Mache

    When you’re a future NBA Hall of Famer like Ray Allen, you get blessed. Just check out what famed sneaker painter Mache did for him recently, crafting this awesome pair of Air Jordan XIIIs to celebrate Allen’s many accomplishments in the League.

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  • D'Angelo Russell

    Russell was mostly an unknown at this time last year. Now? He was on the tip of everyone’s tongue throughout the NCAA Tournament. The 6-5 guard dropped 28 points and one VICIOUS crossover in an overtime win over No. 7 seed VCU during the Buckeyes’ first tournament game before struggling on 3-for-19 shooting in a loss against perhaps the best defensive team in the nation in Arizona. He still had one major highlight though…

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  • Air Jordan 11 Willie Cauley-Stein custom

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    Willie Cauley-Stein

    Cauley-Stein’s NBA Draft stock continues to rise and some analysts now have him going in the top six. That’s what happens when you throw down the dunk of the tournament, doing this over the top of Cincinnati’s Quadri Moore and Octavius Ellis. It was so ferocious that Moore actually left the game for the locker room.

    Yet the best part of the game had to be Cauley-Stein’s custom Air Jordan XI sneakers. The white-based kicks feature a blue outsole and accenting — along with the “WCS” and “Trill” inscriptions — with the gold patent leather to set them off. The big fella made this style list and after seeing this, you have to admit we got it right.

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  • R.J. Hunter buzzer-beater
  • Demetrius Jackson Notre Dame crossover
  • Rajon Rondo no-look pass
  • George Hill crossover ankle-breaker
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  • Air Jordan 11 Willie Cauley-Stein custom

The first “real” day of this year’s NCAA Tournament — we will never count those play-in games — was one of the best single-day sequences in March Madness history. For the first time ever, five games in one day were decided by one point, and get this: If we do include those annoying play-in games, then through the opening Thursday, we had six games decided by one point or less. The most all time is seven — for the ENTIRE TOURNEY. That’s crazy.

However, there was no doubting which of those games took center stage. That would have to be Georgia State’s miraculous come-from-behind upset of No. 3 seed Baylor, spearheaded as it was by the father/son combo of coach Ron Hunter and star player R.J. Hunter. You know the play we’re talking about. Down two and already on a 10-0 run, Hunter pulled up from 30 feet and canned a game-winning triple in the closing seconds, only to make his father fall out of his chair, literally. The elder Hunter had torn his left Achilles tendon celebrating Georgia State winning the Sun Belt Conference championship and was coaching on a stool, and the ensuing Vine of the big shot sent shockwaves around social media.

It was an epic moment, something special, the type of thing you’ll get only in March Madness.

In other avenues outside of the Madness, we saw famed sneaker painter Mache hook up Ray Allen with one of the sickest Air Jordana XIII customizations ever, and also tuned in to see how new Dallas Maverick Rajon Rondo is getting along with his new coach. Hint: They are doing a lot better.

In this week’s edition of Style Points: Georgia State’s Father/Son Combo; Willie Cauley-Stein Rocks Custom Air Jordan 11 Sneakers.

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