Hawkins Joins ISU Men's Basketball Team
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Sept. 16, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Six-foot-eight, 215-pound forward Deontae Hawkins has joined the Illinois State men's basketball team and will be eligible to play beginning with the 2014-15 season, ISU head coach Dan Muller announced Monday.
A Dayton, Ohio native, Hawkins spent the 2012-13 season at Quakerdale Promise Academy in New Providence, Iowa. Prior to his year of prep school, Hawkins was a four-year starter for Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High School.
Because of his status as a non-qualifier, Hawkins is not allowed to play or practice with ISU throughout the 2013-14 season. Starting with the 2014-15 campaign, Hawkins will have four years to complete his four years of eligibility, following a prep career that included two Ohio state championships.
"I am excited that Teddy is here with our Redbird family," Muller said. "We are committed to helping Teddy succeed on and off the court, as we are with all of our players, and we look forward to Teddy joining us on the court next season."
As a senior, Hawkins averaged 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to help Dunbar to its first undefeated season in school history (28-0) and an Ohio Division II title. Hawkins netted 14 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Wolverines to their fifth state championship in a 54-52 win against Elida, March 24, 2012. He also shot 58.5 percent from the field during the 2011-12 season.
Hawkins, who averaged 16.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a junior, was named All-Ohio Division II and the Dayton City League Player of the Year. He also helped the Wolverines (25-3) win the 2010 Ohio state title during his sophomore campaign, averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks that season.
Out of high school, Hawkins was ranked by ESPN as the fourth-best prospect in Ohio, the 34th-best in the region and the 48th-best forward in the nation. Along with his high school and prep school experience, Hawkins also played for the All-Ohio Red AAU team.
Hawkins originally signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play at Wichita State in 2011, but he was granted partial relief from the Missouri Valley Conference's intra-conference transfer rule after Hawkins did not enroll at WSU. Hawkins will be permitted to compete for the Redbirds in the 2014-15 season; however, he is required to miss both of ISU's regular-season games against Wichita State.
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