Hawk flying in elite crowd as UW looms

WASHINGTON STATE sophomore Josh Hawkinson has gone from playing 6 minutes a game last season to being one of only five players in the nation from a power conference averaging a double-double. His mom, Nancy, a former UW player, tells the Seattle Times that Ken Bone wanted to make him an Aron Baynes type but Ernie Kent came in and said "no, you're a shooter."

In an outstanding feature story that recounts how Hawkinson went from an afterthought on the recruiting trail to an afterthought on last year's Cougar team to one of the most compelling stories of this college basketball season, Bud Withers of the Times talks with Hawkinson, both his parents, and Coach Kent about the great ascension.

Kent’s vision for Hawkinson, Withers writes, was that of his ex-Oregon forward, Maarty Leunen, a “stretch four” who could step out and hit the perimeter jumper. Trimmed down to 230, Withers notes, Hawkinson has shown a reliable midrange game, while piecing together a string of 24 successful free throws, and — rare for a big man — committing only 22 turnovers.

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The Cougars host Washington this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU).

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