Justin Hawkins is usually the first guy off the bench for the Rebels. When he comes in the game, good things begin to happen—he brings energy to the floor, applies pressure to anyone he’s guarding and his teammates follow his lead. He has a way of changing the game with a steal, making a jumper or just shutting a player down. And he’s versatile enough to play many positions on the court.
After averaging just three points per game as a freshman and 5 points last year, he is averaging 10.2 this year in just 25 minutes per game. Fans seem surprised by Hawkins’ newfound offensive spark, but maybe this was bound to happen. In high school, he was rated one of the top guards in the Los Angeles City Section, averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks per game. He was a high school teammate of current Rebel and teammate Brice Jones—together they had a high school record of 27-4 his senior year.
For the past two years, Hawkins has been Mr. Consistent, doing what ever is needed and not worrying about personal statistics. He has been the proverbial coach’s dream with his talent, heart and hustle. He is always in the right position on defense and he seems to get his hands on all the loose balls. It’s always a pleasure being around a guy that’s very humble, talented and really cares about his teammates. If I had to chose an MVP for the Rebels right now, it would probably be Hawkins: He continues to do the quiet things he’s always done well—and this year, he’s making some noise on the scoreboard, too.