Sizing up NBA outlook for WSU's Josh Hawkinson

WSU'S JOSH HAWKINSON is "one of the most polished" interior players in college basketball, but he'll need to improve his defense, extend his range beyond 16 feet and continue his ascension as a rebounder, says Jacob Eisenberg of in a lengthy analysis of the rising junior's chances at an NBA career.

Eisenberg's review of the 6-10, 245-pound post man out of Shoreline is part of's ranking of the top NBA prospects in the Pac-12. Hawkinson is slotted at No. 19, just behind USC guard Elijah Stewart and just ahead of Oregon forward Jordan Bell. Cal freshman shooting guard Jaylen Brown is pegged No. 1.

"Hawkinson was one of the best defensive rebounders in college basketball last season, hauling in over 10 per-40 minutes, good for fourth in the NCAA. He uses his body extremely well to box out and is quick with anticipation off the glass, showing a cleverness to slyly maneuver opponents out of position before they realize it, to go along with a tremendous motor and a knack for pursuing loose balls off the glass," wrote Eisenberg.

He noted that Hawkinson hit only 27 of 88 shots (30.6 percent) from 17 feet and beyond (including 6-of-30 on trey attempts), but says he has a quick release and "shows glimpses of potential as a floor spacer." Still, he added, Hawkinson's "footwork and hand positioning in the lead up to his shots is a little awkward."

With his "average physical tools, continuing to improve the range on his jumper will be important for his pro prospects, as it will be difficult for him to make a living strictly around the basket against NBA competition," Eisenberg wrote. "The fact that he converted an impressive 85% of his attempts from the free throw line shows the type of touch Hawkinson possesses, and certainly leaves room for optimism regarding his future development."

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