Hawkinson Amongst Nation’s Best Power Forwards

Hawkinson Amongst Nation’s Best Power Forwards

First-year WSU men’s basketball head coach, Ernie Kent, came to Pullman with the goal of changing the culture in the program. In less than half the season, he’s already accomplished that. Although there’s a big change off the court, fans are seeing a big difference on the court, especially from sophomore forward Josh Hawkinson.

“I’m seeing a team that is starting to find itself after going through a tremendous amount of growth since I walked in the door nine months ago,” Kent said. “You’re getting the opportunity to watch some players grow up right in front of your eyes. Josh Hawkinson, I don’t know how many people are playing better than him at that position.”

The proof is in the numbers. Hawkinson is averaging 15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in the first 14 games this year compared to just 1.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.1 blocks per game in 28 games last year. That’s 14.3 more points and 9.4 more rebounds per game, as well as 16 total more blocked shots.

Hawkinson’s 14.3 points per game difference this year is the best scoring improvement in the nation as of Jan. 6. Also as of Jan. 6, Hawkinson led the nation in defensive rebounds per game (8.79 drpg), ranked fourth in total rebounds (154), sixth in rebounds per game (11.0 rpg) and seventh for double-doubles (nine). He leads the Pac-12 in all of those categories as well and is the only Pac-12 student-athlete to average a double-double a game. On top of that, he ranks seventh in the league in scoring with 15.5 points per game.

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