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

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Oregon Ducks

The recent news that starting center and leading scorer/rebounder N’Faly Dante wouldn’t get another year from the NCAA is a hit for the Ducks in the frontcourt as they leave for the Big Ten next season. They do have Stanford transfer Brandon Angel on board, along with Nate Bittle returning.

Still, there’s a lack of depth that Oregon needs to address at some point. Plus, this is an option where Hawkins could play both the four and five-spots and showcase his versatility for the next level. This is a spot where Hawkins could remain in the Big Ten but play out west where he’s originally from. 

St. John’s Red Storm

There’s been some clarity in regards to the Red Storm’s roster in the past two weeks thanks to a favorable ruling for the NCAA. Seniors Chris Ledlum and Jordan Dingle won’t get another year of eligibility and will have to move on, opening up room at the four-spot.

With Zuby Ejiofor and USC transfer Vincent Iwuchukwu occupying the minutes at center, St. John’s could use a forward who can score. As good as Seton Hall transfer Kadary Richmond and former Utah guard Deivon Smith could be in the backcourt, there’s still a need for another offensive option to round out the roster. If they can’t land FSU transfer Jamir Watkins, Hawkins would be the next best option.