2013 three-star center Josh Hawkinson is regarded as one of the best recruits in the state of Washington, and he has committed to the Washington State Cougars today to give Ken Bone his second pledge in the class. Earlier this month, the Cougars received a commitment from top 30, three-star point guard Ikenna Iroegbu.
The 6’9″, 230 pound post star from Shorewood HS is a good fit for Washington State and visited the school last week on an official trip before making his decision today. Hawkinson is one of the top 50 prospects out west and is an under-the-radar recruit who isn’t even viewed as a Big Six prospect by various recruiting outlets.
Possessing great length, the PF/C is a solid rebounder and one of the best passing bigs in the region. The problem is that Hawkinson isn’t a good enough scorer and still has a lot of rough edges he needs to work out on the offensive side of the game. He brings a lot of hustle plays to the table, and his passing ability is certainly intriguing. Bone appears to like his upside and excellent frame, and Hawkinson can be a solid depth player for the Cougars in the future.
The three-star catch did not receive interest from any other Big Six schools in his recruitment, so it will be interesting to see how WSU utilizes one of the bigger (in terms of size) recruits that they have grabbed. I really like his rebounding ability and effort, and he is listed by some recruiting sites as 6’10″. Washington State usually doesn’t get many bigs, and they have gone after one of the biggest bigs in the Seattle area.
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