UConn’s sophomore guard Jordan Hawkins has officially announced his decision to enter the NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility. The talented player revealed his decision on ESPN’s “NBA Today” on Friday. Hawkins was a crucial component of the national champion UConn men’s basketball team, and his departure marks the end of an extraordinary chapter in his college career.

Jordan Hawkins, standing at 6-foot-5, had an outstanding sophomore season, earning first-team All-Big East honors after averaging 16.2 points in 29.4 minutes per game. His impressive 38.8% 3-point shooting played a vital role in UConn’s triumphant NCAA Tournament run. Throughout the tournament, Hawkins managed a 50% (21-for-42) record from beyond the arc.

The gifted player’s performance peaked during the title game against San Diego State, where he scored 16 points in UConn’s 76-59 victory. Hawkins also contributed 13 points against Miami in the semifinals, despite battling a stomach bug. His remarkable achievements led to his inclusion alongside teammate Adama Sanogo on the all-West Regional team.

Hawkins, who hails from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is projected to be a mid- to late first-round NBA draft pick. Reflecting on his college experience, the young athlete expressed gratitude for the guidance he received from Coach Dan Hurley. Hawkins arrived on campus as a 160-pound freshman, unsure of the college game. Hurley’s mentorship proved invaluable in helping Hawkins develop into the formidable player he is today.

The NBA draft combine will take place from May 15 to 21 in Chicago, with the draft itself scheduled for June 22 in Brooklyn. As he prepares for the next stage in his basketball journey, Hawkins remains grateful for the opportunities and growth he experienced at UConn. He’s excited about the chance to hear his name called on draft night, marking the culmination of years of hard work and dedication.

With a strong skill set that includes elite shooting abilities, footwork, and body control, Hawkins is poised for success at the professional level. His quick release and prowess both off the dribble and behind dribble handoffs make him an attractive prospect for NBA teams. Hawkins is determined to prove that he is more than just a shooter, and he is eager to showcase his full range of talents on the NBA stage.

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