Huntington Preps Javontae Hawkins, a 6-foot-5, 205 pound shooting guard from Flint Michigan is a 3-star prospect ranked the 30th best shooting guard in the county and one of the top prep prospects the bulls have ever landed.
Huntington head coach Rob Fulford said there were several factors why he chose USF, saying he "He loved his visit, liked the players and the coaches and they did a great job of recruiting him. But one of the biggest reasons was USF commitment to building a great basketball program.
"I think it came down to a couple things," said Fulford. "One of those things was that he really liked their new facilities and more importantly, that their showing a financial commitment to building a great hoops program."
Fulford said that Hawkins loved the campus, the weather, and said the Bulls new state-of the art facility was top notch, but more importantly was it signified.
"A lot of his decision had to do with their commitment to playing, moving forward and the desire to succeed," said Fulford. "He liked the fact that they're putting more money into the program which obviously shows a solid commitment to basketball and the future of the program."
USF is in the process of completely revamping the athletic village which includes a brand new state of the art baskeball facility, and a new arena for hoops, and its paying major dividends.
"With schools today and facilities, if you don't have them, then you're behind the 8-ball," said Fulford. "USF now has great facilities and there's not a disadvantage to other Big East schools or other big programs around the country."
Coach Fulford said he tells his players that facilities are great, but everybody has buildings and its what's inside that counts, and the relationship with the USF coaching staff was a big part.
"The Bulls coaching staff has been up here and built a relationship with Javontae," said Fulford. "Andy Hipsher was the ring leader, and him and Coach Hayes also did a great job and sometimes it's just a matter of a relationship with the staff that makes the difference."
Another big selling point for USF was the players and an overall comfort level.
"The coaching staff is one part of the equation, but you're going to spend the majority of the time with the players," said Fulford. "He enjoyed his time with the players and felt very comfortable and like he fit in well."
Hawkins is the third commitment in the 2012 class since the new facility upgrades, joining junior college stand-outs center Waverly Austin and shooting guard Musa Abdul-Aleem. Obviously what USF is doing is already paying major dividends.Click here to share your thoughts with other USF fans!