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Posted On: 09/28/15 4:00 PM

Derek Hawthorne is used to overcoming some adversity. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he isn’t worried about not getting a full prep for basketball season. He has to finish starting as quarterback for Pike High School first.

“It’s a little bit hard (to transition), but football is another thing I like to do, but basketball is my main sport and my first sport,” Hawthorne said. “I like the two very well, and it’s just another sport to keep me in shape and have fun to see what I can do.”

It isn’t like Hawthorne hasn’t faced that already this past summer. He didn’t get an immediate start for the AAU season playing with Indy Hoosiers either. This put the No. 94 rated prospect on the Prep Hoops Indiana Top 180 behind, but he was still able to garner attention from colleges.

He received offers from Div. II Rockhurst University in Missouri and from junior college Florida SouthWestern State.

The coaches told him they liked his abilities as a combo guard, ball handling and ability to shoot.

“It felt great to be noticed by some coaches, college coaches and I was just like ‘Now it’s time to get a

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