Hinton leaving Georgia State basketball team

Georgia State back-up point guard Jaylen Hinton has decided to transfer.

Hinton, a native of Richmond, Va., averaged 1.4 points in 7.2 minutes per game last season. He appeared in 29 games.

Hinton is the second point guard to transfer between his freshman and sophomore years in two years. David Travers elected to leave the team last year and is still enrolled at Georgia State, according to his facebook page.

Both players’ decisions may have been influenced by high-profile guards transferring into the program.

Travers’ decision was announced less than two weeks before Ryan Harrow’s decision to transfer to Georgia State from Kentucky was reported. Harrow was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA and split time between shooting guard and point guard last year in helping the Panthers go 17-1 in winning the Sun Belt Conference’s regular-season title.

Guard Kevin Ware announced earlier this year that he was transferring to Georgia State from Louisville. He is also petitioning the NCAA for immediate eligibility.

A message to Hinton left on Facebook hasn’t been returned.

“We appreciate everything Jaylen did and wish him nothing but the best,” coach Ron Hunter said.

The Panthers still have several players capable of playing point guard, even if the NCAA doesn’t grant Ware’s petition. Harrow will return for his senior season, R.J. Hunter can play point and Isaiah Dennis will return from redshirting his freshman year. Jeff Thomas, an incoming freshman, can also play point.

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