September 23, 2010

Hawkins hoping to hear more from dream school

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With offers from Ball State, Cincinnati, Oakland, and Ohio already tucked away in his back pocket, class of 2012 star Deontae Hawkins is slow-playing his recruiting process in the hopes of hearing from various other big-time programs.

Hawkins has always been a fan of West Virginia, and with its recent success on the court, the 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward would like to hear from the Mountaineers.

Ohio State, however, is the program that has caught the eye of Hawkins for some time. After hearing from the staff earlier in the summer, he is hoping Thad Matta reaches out and shows the love.

"Yes, they're interested, I've talked to them before but I haven't heard anything from them since June or July," said Hawkins. Asked whether he would like to hear from the more, he responded with a very emphatic, "Yes sir, most definitely. That's like my dream school. I've always really liked that program; I'd really love to hear more from them."

In terms of his overall recruitment, Hawkins is happy with the direction he is headed in but still has his sight's set on some of the more high-major programs.

"Everything is going fine, a bunch of college coaches are calling me; University of Miami (Ohio), they are calling me…Cincinnati, Ball State Oakland University, Iowa, and Georgia." Hawkins said.

In terms of a timetable, Hawkins has yet to think about that aspect of his recruitment due to the fact that he would like to hear from some other programs. At this time, making a commitment during his final year of high schools is the most likely scenario.

"I'll probably wait until my senior year. I really don't have the schools that I want yet, the schools that I have are OK, but I don't really have the schools that I want [showing interest] quite yet," he said. When asked about whether he will take all five official visits before making a decision," Hawkins didn't quite know whether he would or not. "Not really, I am not sure yet. Probably, just to get familiar with every body and to get a feel for what the campus is like and what the atmosphere is like."

As a perimeter player, he possesses a very solid all-around offensive game. Over the summer, Hawkins displayed a knack for getting the ball to the basket, as well as keeping his defenders honest by knocking down the open jumper. Defensively, just like any high school prospect, he needs to continue to improve. Getting stronger and working on his body will certainly help that.

"I can put the ball on the ground, take people off the dribble, and I can shoot, I can shoot the ball very well. I can get rebounds and block shots; I'm a shot blocker."

Over the next several months, Hawkins is sure to gain continuing interest from programs around the country, and if he has his way, Ohio State will be one of those programs. Should the Buckeye's increase their contact with the Dayton-native, they would likely move atop Hawkins' list.


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