6'3, 190 lbs, Oakdale(CT) St. Thomas More AcademyBrandon Hawkins is going to get lonely as the ony member of the freshman class, but he won't be lonely once he gets onto the court. Hawkins was an outstanding wing guard during his high school career at Los Angeles' Crenshaw High. He averaged over 24 points a game against some of the country's toughest competetion. He was heavily recruited out of high school by then Utah State coach Larry Eustachy. Hawkins, however, decided that he wanted to play college basketball at a higher level. He decided to go to The St. Thomas More Academy in Oakdale, Connecticut. While in Connecticut, Hawkins was voted as the school's first team captain in several years. St. Thomas More produced six Division I players on this year's team. Because of personnel reasons, Hawkins had to learn to play the point guard position this past year, and he did it very successfully, averaging 15 points, 11 assists, and 6 steals per contest. Hawkins best asset might be his defensive ability. During a game against Maine Central Institute, Brandon had to guard the nation's to player, Cincy-bound DerMarr Johnson. Hawkins held him well below his scoring average with only 15 points. The amazing part is that Hawkins is 6'3, and Johnson is a 6'9 wing player! Hawkins has been talked about as a possible reshirt. Don't count him out just yet. He has shown the ability to come through in tough situations. Eustachy might not want to redshirt him simply to keep the classes aligned. In my opinion, Brandon Hawkins is a step in a very positive direction for ISU.
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