Posted On: 01/15/20 5:00 AM
Jordan Hawkins, a class of 2021 wing from DeMatha, is gaining confidence and growing in his role with the Stags as we reach the midway point of the season. Hawkins is coming off one of his best games of the season. He scored 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting, including 3 of 5 from deep in a win at Gonzaga on Monday night.
“I just have to give credit to my teammates for helping me understand my role,” Hawkins told Prep Hoops after his team’s win. “We have great seniors on the team leading me through the way. It’s my first year in the WCAC, so I just have to give credit to my teammates.”
Hawkins is known for his ability to score and to shoot in particular. But at 6-foot-6, he is a good athlete with long arms who can also get the job done defensively. The Stags deployed Hawkins at the top of their 1-3-1 zone at times on Monday night. He is active and alert off the ball, but has also improved on the ball defensively.
“I feel like my defense has improved tremendously,” Hawkins stated. “I think it’s the most underrated part of my game. I feel like I can guard anybody.”
Though he is constantly working on all parts of his game, including his defense, Hawkins noted that his ball-handling ability has been one of his main focuses for improvement. Xavier and Seton Hall are two schools that he said are currently standing out in his recruitment, though he has not visited either school yet, he is staying in contact with coaches from both schools.
Hawkins is playing his best ball of the season at the right time, but there’s still a ways to go. It will be interesting to see what type of impact he can make down the stretch as the Stags hope to compete for a WCAC Championship.