November 2, 2010
Chippewas after top 2012 prospect Javontae Hawkins
One of the top players in the state of Michigan for the 2012 class is Javontae Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who combines tremendous athleticism with strong shooting. Out of Flint Powers Catholic High School, Hawkins is entering his junior year and he is continually gaining offers and interest from top programs and coaches in the nation. He already has piled up 14 Division 1 offers which include: Michigan, Central Michigan, Dayton, West Virginia, Arizona State, the university of South Florida, Miami (FL), Iowa, Iowa St, Detroit, Oakland, Colorado, and Minnesota.
"In school I want to be able to go further in my education, and just want there to be a good coach/player relationship," said Hawkins. "None of the schools really fit better than another right now, but can't really compare or decide or look more until after the season and I won't have a decision till after my senior year."
Central Michigan is considered a program on the rise after back to back MAC Championships, and they have been one of the most active schools in the recruitiment of Hawkins. He was last on campus for CMU's home football opener against Hampton back in September.
"I really like CMU. Coach (Ernie) Zeigler and Coach (Darren) Kohne are very good, and they talk to me a lot," added Hawkins. "The players are good and the new recruits are really impressive. We had a scrimmage around June and that went really well, it was a lot of fun and was really nice to play with them. I've been up there about five times this year and I had a chance to see the new facility, but it wasn't done yet. I haven't seen how it looks recently, but I plan to when it's complete" said Hawkins.
In addition to his frequent visits to CMU, Hawkins also has a close relationship with the new face of CMU basketball in highly touted freshman recruit Trey Zeigler.
"My relationship with Trey is great and I have received a lot of advice from him when he played on the older team with Team Detroit. CMU is a great schoo.l but I'm still undecided on what decision I'm going to make. But I love CMU and how the coaches prepare their players and they have a great team overall," said Hawkins. "Some current CMU prospects I talk to our Sherron Dorsey-Walker and Anton Wilson."
And Chippewa fans should be excited as Hawkins has plans for another visit to Mount Pleasant soon.
"I plan on visiting West Virginia, DePaul, Michigan, CMU, and probably USC."
At 6-foot-4 and still growing, Hawkins has the type of hops that teams drool over and he may be the best leaper to come out of Michigan since current Mott Community College star Doug Anderson.
"My strengths, I would have to say are my shooting. I attack the basket really well and I'm good at getting to the rim," said Hawkins. "While my weaknesses are my shot selection, decision making, and ball handling, all which I'm constantly trying to improve."
And as he continues to refine those skills, Flint Powers will become that much more dangerous. Already boasting a talented roster that includes one of the top point guards in the Midwest in Patrick Lucas-Perry (2011) and a ton of returning talent, Flint Powers is easily one of the most talented teams in the state and a definite state title contender.
"As a team we look very strong. Patrick Lucas-Perry our point guard had a knee injury, but you can't tell he is looking good. Hopefully with him we will be state champs after a long playoff run. With our talented team, I just want us to make our team goal," said Hawkins. "As for me and my goals, I just want to help take over and get us to our team goal. I just want to take my shots when they come and be a leader."
With his length and athleticism, Hawkins has drawn many comparisons to current Michigan State wing Durrell Summers and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
"While I haven't tried to model my game off anyone, a lot of people have told me my game resembles Durrell Summers and Kevin Durant. I take those as huge complements saying what they have done thus far," said Hawkins.
And when you are mentioned in the same breath as those players, you know you have some talent.
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