Hoops Prospect Discusses AU Visit, Recruiting

A basketball prospect from Ohio comments on his official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Dayton, Ohio--Deontae Hawkins, a six-foot-eight basketball forward, gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to his official visit to check out Coach Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers over the weekend.

"It was cool and the players treated me like I was one of the players on the team already," Hawkins said after his trip to Auburn. "I liked that about the visit and the players were super cool, just like the fellows back home."

Back home for Hawkins is Dunbar High School, where he first broke into the starting lineup at the end of his ninth grade year. As a sophomore he helped his school win the state title and last year Dunbar had another strong team as he averaged 16.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

"I went to the football game and it went good," Hawkins. "The Tiger Walk, I never experienced that, and it was incredible," he said. "I met a whole lot of people like the athletic director and I went to the new facilities. It was great."

Next week the forward has a visit to Wichita State and is also considering hometown University of Dayton, where he took an official visit a week earlier. He is also looking at Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. He said that is seriously considering Auburn after his official visit.

"I like it, I really like and I think it is where I need to be," he said.

Hawkins said he plans to make a decision and sign with a college in the early period coming up in November to get recruiting behind him so he can focus on his senior season. Asked what will be the determining factors in choosing a college, he said, "The coaching staff and being on a team with a bunch of guys who want to win a championship."

Hawkins, who said he is in good shape academically to be a college qualifier, noted he is being recruited by Auburn assistant coach Randall Dickey "He is a real cool guy," said Hawkins, who notes that he can play power forward or small forward at 6-8, 195 pounds.

"I can play both," said Hawkins, who said he believes he is still growing. "If I get a smaller defender I can take him down to the post. If I get mismatch with a big guy I can take him outside and shoot the three."

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