Quakerdale Prep Academy coach Bradley Matney got a good look at Royce White last season. White played for Iowa State, located about 42 miles from his campus near New Providence, Iowa. This fall, he is getting a good look at a player who reminds him of White for his versatility, ball-handling and passing skills.
Teddy Hawkins, who remains committed to Wichita State, is the kind of player who can lead a fast-break and play in the front-court, Matney says.
“He’s a younger version of Royce White. He can play all five positions, and that’s not an exaggeration. He’s unbelievably good at hitting guys on the run. Then he’ll trail (the fast-break). His best attribute is trailing those guards and then hitting the 12-footer to the three-pointer.”
Hawkins (6-foot-8, 220 pounds) signed with WSU in November out of Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar. He didn’t meet NCAA academic requirements, so WSU placed him at Quakerdale Prep. Hawkins said he plans to honor his commitment to Wichita State after this school year. Matney said Hawkins has made no noise about reopening his recruitment and remains locked in on being a Shocker.
“I honestly think he’s not really thinking about any place other than Wichita State,” Matney said. “They put him here for a reason. It’s good that he is thinking that way.”
Matney, in his first season coaching at the school, challenged Hawkins to grow up on and off the court. Like many prep schools, Quakerdale is isolated from distractions. The school, started in 1851, added a basketball program three years ago to bring more visibility. It is located one mile from New Providence, a town of 175 people. Marshalltown is 30 miles away. Cedar Falls-Waterloo is 55 miles away.
“The actual campus is bordered by cornfields and pasture on all sides,” he said. “There are no distractions. Team. School. Basketball. That’s your focus.”
Quakerdale starts playing jamborees in early October. It plays at Coffeyville Community College in late November and comes to Wichita on Dec. 6-7-8 to play Sunrise Christian.