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2020 big man Coleman Hawkins visits Marquette, updates recruitment
By ADAM ZAGORIAColeman Hawkins, the 6-foot-10, 190-pound forward from Prolific Prep (CA), took an unofficial visit to Marquette this weekend.
“Their main message was to get stronger and put on some pounds and that player development is a huge thing,” Hawkins said. “They’re also together as a team.”
Ranked the No. 38 power forward in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports.com, Hawkins also visited Rutgers officially earlier this month.
“It was cool and they talked about how much they’re growing as a program and how they don’t have a player on the team like me,” he said.
A slew of schools have been to Prolific Prep and shown interest in Hawkins, including USC, Marquette, Rutgers, St. Mary’s, Cal Berkeley, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon and Gonzaga.
He said he’s “completely open” in his recruitment.
“I haven’t cut down a list of schools that I want to go to,” he said.
Prolific Prep director Philippe Doherty said Hawkins has “as high a ceiling as any power forward in the country because his two best skills are in high demand these days with the game of basketball.
“He can really shoot and is a very good passer,” he added. “Couple those skills with his 6-foot-10 height and his game translates to both the college level and pro level.
“If Coleman continues to get stronger then there won’t be a program in the country that would not want him. The icing on the cake for Coleman is his family. He has two very intelligent and focused parents who are very supportive and have raised him extremely well. It also helps he has three older sisters who all played college basketball.
Said Hawkins: “I am a great team player. I make good passes. I can stretch the floor and shoot threes. I’m long so I can guard multiple positions and I’m a good shot blocker and a decent rebounder.”
He in no hurry to commit.
“I want to try to sign by November,” he said, “but I’m not in a rush.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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