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NCAA Basketball: 10 teams who should target Illinois transfer Coleman Hawkins

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With the NBA Draft deadline having passed, we now know the who is left in the NCAA Basketball transfer portal, including the few marquee names remaining. The most notable name is Coleman Hawkins, a 6'10 forward from Sacramento, California.

Hawkins has spent the last four years all at Illinois, with the last two being a full-time starter. As a junior, the big man averaged nearly 10 ppg, along with leading the team with 6.3 rpg and 3.0 apg. His numbers grew this past season to a career-high 12.1 ppg, along with 6.1 rpg and 2.7 apg. He also averaged 1.5 spg and over a block, earning All-Big Ten honors.

Some of Hawkins' best individual games include 21 points, 10 rebounds, and six steals against Michigan, 22 points and 13 rebounds versus Northwestern, as well as a career-high 30 points, five assists, and five steals in a win over Iowa. He had three double-digit scoring games during the Illini's Elite 8 run this past season.

Hawkins elected to enter the transfer portal this offseason, making it clear that a run to Illinois likely wasn't going to happen. And with the NBA not being an option, Hawkins will be in NCAA Basketball for his 5th and final season. The question now is which team will it be?

There aren't too many options left among the power conference programs that can reasonably fit Hawkins and his potential NIL tag but there still are some teams that can use his services. Here's a look at eight programs that could be an option for him.