The UTEP coaching staff went out-of-state to offer San Bernadino Valley College (CA) forward Jacardo Hawkins on Sunday, making him the third JuCo player the Miners have sought a commitment from for the class of 2016.
Hawkins, a 6’8 power forward from Gonzales, CA, is averaging 14.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Wolverines. He is an efficient big man on the offensive end of the court, shooting 66.8 percent from the floor to date.
Miners coach Tim Floyd has clearly made it a priority to seek some immediate help in the front court. Hawkins is the second JuCo power forward UTEP has offered this year and third big man overall. Next year could be the team’s best chance to win its first NCAA tournament game since 1992 with Dominic Artis and Lee Moore entering their senior years, and the influx of talent coming in with Deon Barrett and Tim Cameron.