Visits Exposes Hawkins to Rising ASU Program

Despite the familiarity with Sun Devil basketball, 2010 prospect Corey Hawkins and his parents were plenty impressed when they unofficially visited the Tempe campus on Tuesday. Devils Digest caught up with the Goodyear (Ariz.) Estrella Mountains guard following the visit.

In the 2007-08 season Hawkins averaged 22.2 PPG, 7.6 rpg, 4.8 spg and 4.0 apg, shooting 55% from the field and 37% from 3-pt range. He was pivotal in his team's 3A state championship. He was voted to the Arizona Republic's First Team All-West Valley squad.

Arizona State offered Hawkins shortly after his championship season ended, and thanks to the Devils' overall strong recruiting efforts the guard, his dad, former NBA player Hersey Hawkins and Corey's mother all visited the school on Tuesday.

"We toured the facilities and talked to the Athletic Director," said Hawkins of the visit. "We talked to the academic staff…it went really well. I saw how fast the program is going in a positive direction. Coach Sendek is a great coach that's improving the program; they're building the new basketball facility. It's a program that's dedicated to winning."

"Arizona State is definitely gonna be a force to reckon with coach Sendek."

Hawkins said that this was his second time visiting ASU. "The first time I went it was just me and my coach (Ty Amundson)," said Hawkins. "That's why my parents came on this visit so they could see where I was coming from, why I liked Arizona State and what they can offer me. Arizona State showed me that I could play an important role on their team whether I'm starting or coming off the bench, and I think I can help them a lot too."

The guard acknowledged that he considers the Sun Devils even more favorably than he did before, but isn't close to a decision. He stated that he would like to make a commitment by the end of 2008, but would like to visit the other two schools he has high on his list and that have offered him.

"I like Stanford because I've known Coach Johnny Dawkins since I was a baby," Hawkins noted. "And I also like LSU. They've shown a lot of interest in me too."

Hawkins, who plays for the EBO club, felt that he was able to improve his game during the July tournament circuit. "Sometimes it's hard to show how good you are when you're on a team full of Division I recruits and everybody wants to shine and show how good they are," he said. "But I think I really improved on my footwork on defense. That's something I've been working very hard on and my coaches told me in general to pick up my intensity and I think I've done that."

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