The coronavirus has slowed down or straight up stopped a lot of things, but college basketball recruiting is apparently not one of them. On Saturday, Class of 2021 shooting guard Jordan Hawkins announced that he has picked up a scholarship offer from Marquette men’s basketball and head coach Steve Wojciechowski.
Next up for Mr. Hawkins: Learning how to save images to his phone instead of screenshotting the Google image search result. One step at a time, y’all. One step at a time.
247 Sports lists Hawkins as a 6’5”, 170 pound shooting guard. He has a hometown of Hyattsville, Maryland, listed on his page. I don’t know if Hawkins actually lives in Hyattsville, but that’s where his high school is located, and that’s an important part of the puzzle here. Hawkins attends DeMatha Catholic in the northeast Washington, D.C. suburbs, and DeMatha is generally regarded as one of the best prep high school programs in the country. Just to give you an idea if you’ve never heard of DeMatha before: They have two top 35 prospects in the Class of 2020. Hawkins is DeMatha’s best player in his grade.
The 247 Composite system ranks Hawkins as the #62 prospect in the Class of 2021. That makes him the #2 player in the state of Maryland behind #50 Benny Williams. Hawkins is the #13 shooting guard in the class, trailing along behind fellow Marquette offeree Trevor Keels. For those of you who may be in a panic about Marquette’s recruiting situation with Stan Johnson taking the Loyola Marymount job, I think it’s worth noting that 247 marks associate head coach Dwayne Killings as Hawkins’ primary recruiter.
Hawkins’ offer list has been very much a close to home situation for the most part up to this point. While the likes of Georgetown, Maryland, and Virginia are keeping their eyes on him, his offers so far have come from Norfolk State, Mount St. Mary’s, James Madison, and George Washington. It appears that things are starting to boom for him, as he also has offers from Seton Hall and Xavier. These will probably not be his final high major offers.
I can’t track anything down about stats this season for Hawkins, which may have something to do with the fact that he’s on a loaded DeMatha team as opposed to anything else. I did find this 3 minute highlight reel for him, though. Be advised: Yes, it says “Gaithersburg sophomore” there, but that’s where Hawkins was going to high school before transferring to DeMatha.
Let’s move on to the scholarship chart.....
We know that Marquette is projected to have three scholarships opening up for the fall of 2021. That number could wander as high as six, as the Golden Eagles currently have at least two spots for the fall of 2020 sitting open as well as potentially a third depending on what Wojciechowski does with the scholarship that went to Tommy Gardiner this past season. No matter what happens with those three spots in terms of transfers between now and the start of the 2020-21 school year, Marquette will have an interest in adding a guard for the Class of 2021, as Koby McEwen will have finished up his eligibility by then.