Hawkins Makes Decision

2009 prospect Justin Hawkins made a verbal commitment Sunday evening. The 6-foot-2 rising junior plans to play his college ball in the Mountain West Conference.

Justin Hawkins decided it was time to end his recruitment. After taking a few unofficial visits, the Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft standout gave a verbal commitment to Lon Kruger and his UNLV staff.

"His mom took a few unofficials with him," Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. "It was between Iowa State and UNLV mainly and San Francisco came on pretty late, but it was really down to those two. I think the proximity and being able to go see him [was a factor]. She really liked Lon Kruger and felt really comfortable with him."

"They had been on him for a little while now," he continued. "They got really serious with him in the past two months or so, but they've been recruiting him for a while. I've been having a lot of conversations with them."

The 6-2, 170-pound guard handles the ball well and is capable of playing both guard positions. His high school complimented his overall game, because he does what it takes to win games.

"Justin is a stat filler. At the end of the day he'll have 14 or 15 points, 6 or 7 rebounds, 4 or 5 steals and 4 or 5 assists. He's just a basketball player. He shoots it pretty good. He's not super athletic, but he's pretty athletic. He's tremendous in the passing lanes."

"It's just one of those things because he's not spectacular and gets somewhat over looked on the AAU circuit, but he plays night in and night out. He's a glue type guy for our team."

Hawkins is UNLV's first commitment in the 2009 class

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