I’m waaaaay behind on Teddy Hawkins reopening his recruitment, which hit Rivals.com late last month. Hawkins changed his phone number and it took me several days to get Quakerdale (Iowa) Prep coach Brad Matney on the phone to confirm all this.
Got him on Friday, so here is the story from Matney:
Hawkins, a 6-foot-8 forward from Dayton, Ohio, has indeed decided to look at other options, while not shutting the door on WSU. He recently took unofficial visits to Iowa State and Ohio State. Nebraska and Colorado State are also in the picture.
WSU coaches placed Hawkins at Quakerdale with the understanding he would sign (again) with the Shockers in November. It’s not unusual for a player in Hawkins’ position (he signed with WSU a year ago and had to attend prep school to earn NCAA eligibility) to look around. Shocker coaches knew the risk. Hawkins, by all accounts, is a major talent who is worthy of the effort.
If we know anything about WSU coach Gregg Marshall, it’s that he never stops recruiting and he refuses to get caught short with a roster spot. Hawkins may be so good WSU will find room for him no matter what. Or, WSU may decide to move on. Last month’s commitment from Shaq Morris, a center from Edmond (Okla.) Memorial, may be an indication.
This development puts Matney in a tough spot. In August, Hawkins said he remained committed to WSU. He changed his mind, which isn’t unusual for a teenager. Matney would prefer he sticks with the Shockers. He also wants Hawkins to find a place where he is happy.
“It’s a little bit of a headache for me, but something guys in my position have to deal with,” he said. “He was placed here by Wichita State. I hope there’s no animosity.”
WSU is also hosting point guard D.J. Bowles this weekend, according to coach Jordan Fair. Bowles (6-2, 170 pounds) plays at Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian. Rivals.com ranks him a three-star prospect.
“He is a very heady, smart point guard who shoots the ball very well,” Fair said. “He gets teammates involved. He plays under control.”
Bowles also reopened his recruiting recently after deciding Central Florida didn’t fit. He is also considering Providence, Middle Tennessee State and George Mason. He averaged 17.9 points and 3.1 assists as a junior at Cleveland (Tenn.) High. He transferred to Oldsmar late last summer for his senior season.