David Hawkins (basketball)
Hawkins with Virtus Roma
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||October 28, 1982|
|Listed height||6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Archbishop Carroll|
|NBA draft||2004 / Undrafted|
|2004–2005||Nuova Sebastian Basket|
|2012–2013||Galatasaray Medical Park|
|2018||Fortitudo Pallacanestro Roma|
|Career highlights and awards|
Hawkins played college basketball at Temple University for John Chaney's Owls. He became the team's leader after being reinstated to it from a suspension due to bad grades. He was named to the 2002-03 Atlantic 10 Conference All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team and to the 2003-04 Atlantic 10 Conference All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team, averaging 16.9 and 24.4 points per game respectively.
Hawkins was signed to the Houston Rockets for a brief period of time. He was later released from the team and signed with Sebastiani Rieti, then in the Italian second division. He currently plays for Trilogy which is an American men's 3-on-3 basketball team that plays in the BIG3. Trilogy won the inaugural season of the BIG 3 in 2017, completing a perfect season.
He agreed to play for Italian powerhouse Virtus Roma in March 2005. Hawkins finished the season with an average of 17.1 points per game. During the next season, he shined in ULEB's Eurocup, averaging 18.5 points per game, but also showing great versatility and leading the competition in steals with 2.9 per game. Roma reached the quarter final and Hawkins showed he was ready for Europe's highest stage, the Euroleague.
Spending two more seasons in Roma, Hawkins helped the team regain something of its past glory by qualifying twice to the Euroleague's Top 16. During those two Euroleague seasons, he averaged 13.6 and 10.9 points per game. Nevertheless, at the end of the 2007-08 season, team manager Dejan Bodiroga decided not to renew his contract.
Armani Jeans MilanoEdit
After that, Hawkins signed with another Italian Euroleague team, Armani Jeans Milano, leading it up to the finals, lost against Montepaschi Siena. On February 15, 2009 he scored a career-high 35 points against Montegranaro, also adding 10 rebounds.
On August 19, 2011, Hawkins signed a one-year contract with the Turkish team Beşiktaş Milangaz. On February 18, 2012, Hawkins led the team to their first Turkish Cup win averaging 9.8 points, 3.3 assists and 29.3 minutes. On April 29, 2012, he won the EuroChallenge Cup with Beşiktaş Milangaz scoring 13 points and 4 assists in the final. In June 2012, he won the Turkish League Champions with Beşiktaş Milangaz.
Galatasaray Medical ParkEdit
On August 16, 2012, Hawkins signed a three-year contract with the Turkish team Galatasaray Medical Park.However, Hawkins failed a doping test after the Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyespor game in December 2012 and was banned from professional basketball for four years by the Turkish Basketball Federation. The substance detected in his blood was Methylecgonine, a common metabolite of cocaine. After the decision, Hawkins’ contract with Galatasaray was cancelled.
The Basketball Tournament (TBT)Edit
In the summer of 2015, Hawkins competed in The Basketball Tournament for the City of Gods. Alongside former NBA players James Gist, Dermarr Johnson, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Michael Sweetney, Hawkins helped guide the City of Gods to the 2015 TBT Championship Game where they lost 84-71 to Overseas Elite. In their 2017 first-round matchup against Gael Nation, a team composed of Iona College basketball alum, Hawkins scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the City of Gods' 88-86 loss.
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- Menssanabasket.it La Mens Sana Basket ingaggia David Hawkins (Italian).
- AJ Milano brings back Hawkins.
- David Hawkins signs with Beşiktaş
- Beşiktaş wins Turkish Cup
- Beşiktaş wins Eurochallenge
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- "David Hawkins Galatasaray Medical Park'ta". Galatasaray SK. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Hawkins banned for four years". eurohoops.net. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.