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

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Texas Longhorns

Like last year, Texas should have a strong starting backcourt going forward, led by incoming transfers, Jordan Pope and Tramon Mark. The frontcourt is where the questions lie, after losing Dillon Mitchell to Cincinnati and leading scorer Dylan Disu moved on. That leaves just returning center Kadin Shedrick, along with Indiana State transfer, Jayson Kent.

Hawkins would be able to slide to the power forward position and be the lead option on offense. Combined with the transfer guards, the Longhorns could have a formidable roster in its first year of the SEC if they were to land one more piece in the frontcourt.

USC Trojans

I mentioned Oregon as a west-coast option for Hawkins if he wanted to play closer to home. An even closer, yet bigger option is USC, who also has a completely rebuilt roster under new HC, Eric Musselman. There are five frontcourt transfers they’ve added, including Saint Thomas, Terrance Williams, and Joshua Cohen.

Only Cohen is truly able to play center and like many of the other transfers on the roster, come from the mid-major ranks. Hawkins, who has already excelled at the Big Ten level, would be the most proven contributor on the roster if he were to ever land at USC.