Sep 3, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – Nationally-renowned ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman is the latest pundit to add Corey Hawkins to his exclusive list of the country's top mid-major talents.
Goodman recently released a list of 20-plus players from mid-major programs containing players college basketball fans should keep an eye on throughout the 2013-14 season because each possesses the potential to become an NBA prospect. On this list were two Les recruits, one of which helped UC Davis record one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation last season.
In his first season as an Aggie, Hawkins earned UC Davis’ inaugural Big West scoring title by finishing with a 20.3 points per game average, one of the top figures in the country, shot over 84 percent from the line and 40 percent from three.
Besides earning top-15 rankings in seven Big West categories, the junior from Goodyear, Ariz., broke a 34-year-old UC Davis scoring record by dropping 40 points, on 10 of 14 shooting, at Hawai’i (Jan. 19), and tied another by sinking eight shots from distance that same game.
Postseason honors received by Hawkins include a spot on the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team, All-Big West first team, Conference Newcomer of the Year and the Colby E. “Babe” Slater Award – given to UC Davis’ top male athlete on an annual basis.
Also earning attention from Goodman was Walt Lemon, Jr., a now-senior point guard from Bradley who UC Davis head coach Jim Les recruited throughout his tenure at the helm of the Braves' men's basketball program.
Lemon will begin the season as the Missouri Valley Conference’s active career scoring leader (1,146 pts.).