The Memphis Tigers Basketball program nailed their second recruit for the class of 2014. Thanks to the awesome Memphis Madness event that lured the 6-5, 245-pound prospect in. He’s from Southwest Tennessee Community College and he goes by the name Chris Hawkins.
Hawkins announced his commitment Saturday according to the Commercial Appeal.
“I fell in love with the support group and fan base,” said Hawkins to the Commercial Appeal. ” I did go to Memphis Madness and kind of felt like I was at home. I wanted my family to feel comfortable with where I go to school and the coaches made that happen for us.”
Hawkins is currently ranked the No. 7 player in the country among the junior college ranks according to NextUpRecruits.com. Hawkins now joins New Orleans prospect Dominic Magee to headline Memphis 2014 class.
Hawkins, who’s from Chicago, also considered Southern Miss and Wichita State. Hawkins was joined by other recruits at Memphis Madness. JUCO player Avery Woodson (6-3, 200), Trasohn Burrell (6-7, 200) and Curie High School’s big man Cliff Alexander (6-9, 250) were also in attendance.
Hawkins spent last season playing at Motlow State where he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds. His current coach at Southwest, Jerry Nichols, mentioned that Hawkins can do everything on the court. He rebounds, hustles and gets the job done.
“He’s a player that definitely fits the Memphis mold,” said Nichols. ” He fits that Grizzlies thing — grit and grind. I think people are gonna be surprised by what he does at Memphis because he brings a different dimension to that team.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.