This week Javontae Hawkins was one of many transfers to become eligible. Hawkins, who made a name for himself last year playing a big role at Flint Beecher as a freshman, made his Powers debut Friday night, and Hawkins did more than impress.
The 6-4 sophomore finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assist. Two of his baskets gave the crowd what they were waiting for as Hawkins threw down a pair of crowd pleasing dunks in the 75-48 Powers win over Davison.
"The first dunk I caught an alley-oop and the second dunk was a tip back slam," said Hawkins.
However Hawkins is known for more than just his dunking, he has a strong outside shot as well as taking care of business defensively. "I focused on my defense first and that really helped put me in a rhythm, I got a good feel of the game and just went with it.
Like most transfers Hawkins, couldn't wait to step on the court with his new team, but he used the time off to adjust and prepare for his new school/team.
"Powers is a big adjustment from Beecher. I came here for the education first and basketball second. I want to go into college ready as a student and an athlete. I used the time off to just prepare myself and get to know my new teammates. Powers is the defending state champs and I just want to help do what I can to get them back to the Breslin," explained Hawkins.
Powers returned a strong nucleus from last years team, which includes Patrick Lucas-Perry. Hawkins now gives the point guard another weapon to distribute the ball to. "Patrick is a great player and I just want to make his job easier by being able to run the floor with him and being able to finish plays," states Hawkins.
Hawkins has been on the Michigan State radar for over a now and has already been on campus a handful of times. Hawkins' game has been much resembled to another Spartan in Durrell Summers, which both players can electrify the crowd with their dunks and long range shooting.