Familiarity, Comfort, Led Hawkins to Commit

It is one thing to want to stay close home to play college basketball, but it's another to feel content with your hometown school. Guard Corey Hawkins found this combination with the Sun Devil program early on in the recruiting process and gave his verbal commitment to the Arizona State coaches on Saturday night. Devils Digest caught up with the 2010 recruit to talk about his decision.

The 6-3 175 Hawkins knew a few days ago that he was going to pledge to Arizona State, and has talked to his parents and coach about this resolution. Accompanied with some of his friends on Saturday night, while attending the Sun Devils' football game, he met with Assistant Coach Lamont Smith.

"I just had to figure the right time to tell the ASU coaches," said Hawkins. "I wanted to do it in person at ASU with the coaches there in front me. I wanted to see the coaches' reaction because I knew it would be a special moment…he (Smith) and the rest of the coaches were very excited and it was just a special moment."

"I've been to ASU a few times and I know everything that I need to know about the program. I feel very comfortable there with the players, the coaches, the academic staff, Miss Lisa Love. Those are the people I'm going to be around with at ASU and I got to know them really well."

In earlier interview, Hawkins indicated that he may want to take time before making a commitment, but naturally he felt different about that matter in recent weeks.

"I didn't want to worry about which college I go to during my last two seasons at high school," he explained, "so I decided to make the decision now. I wanted that stability knowing where I'm going to attend college."

Corey Hawkins is son of former NBA player Hersey Hawkins, and when asked what his father liked about the Sun Devils during the recruiting process, the guard said with no hesitation: "The coaches…He loves the coaches. He has seen many coaching staffs and at ASU he sees a coaching staff that he can trust and feel comfortable with. He knows that this program is going in the right direction."

"They're doing a lot of transition offense and that's the style I play in high school, so that was very appealing to my dad and I. Running up and down the court is what I do."

In the 2007-08 season Hawkins averaged 22.2 PPG, 7.6 rpg, 4.8 spg and 4.0 apg for Goodyear Estrella Mountains, which won the state's 3A championship. Hawkins shot 55% from the field and 37% from 3-pt range. He was voted to the Arizona Republic's First Team All-West Valley squad, and was offered a scholarship by the maroon and gold shortly after his championship season ended

Hawkins, along with brother Brandon was pivotal in that championship run. Despite the fact that Brandon Hawkins exhausted his eligibility, the younger Hawkins feels confident in the Wolves' prospects for the upcoming season. "I think we're looking very strong," he claimed. "Obviously my brother not being on the team is a big loss, but I think we can all step up and have a very good year."

Hawkins, who played for the EBO club in the summer, was teamed during that time with 2009 ASU pledge Jared Cunningham. The Sun Devils' newest commit admitted that Cunningham was certainly a part of his decision. "Yeah, he definitely was talking ASU up a lot to me," he said. "Knowing I'm going to a team that has a player that I played so much with during the summer helps a lot. He's a great player that can get his teammates involved."

Even though he was highly sought after by the Sun Devils, Hawkins is coming into to the program with tempered expectations.

"When I come to ASU I know I have to prove myself to the coaches," Hawkins noted, "Whether I'm starting or coming off the bench. I'm just gonna work hard and do what the team needs me to do."

Hawkins is ASU's first commit of the 2010 recruiting class.


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