UConn’s Jordan Hawkins could have a future in the NBA

Last winter, numerous NBA scouts would watch Jordan Hawkins’ silky-smooth jump shot, elite athleticism and boundless potential unfold in UConn men’s basketball practices.

Then, they’d give Mike Jones a call.

“A lot of them, literally upon leaving practice, would reach out to me for intel on him,”  Jones recalled. 

Jones is currently in his second season as associate head coach at Virginia Tech, but that’s not why the scouts were calling him on their way out of the Werth Family Champions Center. Jones coached Hawkins for two seasons at national prep powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Maryland. The scouts started inquiring about Hawkins during his senior season, and it continued last season, even as Jones was settling in during his first year as Mike Young’s assistant at Virginia Tech.

“And this year,” Jones noted, “it’s probably picked up a little bit.” 

Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 guard, is seen as a potential first-round NBA Draft pick next summer. NBADraft.net has him being selected as the last first-round pick in its 2023 mock draft. Other mocks, however, don’t have Hawkins being taken in either of the two rounds.

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