Q&A: 2012 Guard JaVontae Hawkins

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Describe your game. I like to shoot, come off screens and shoot and attack the basket.

Did you hear from anybody yesterday (June 15th, the first day schools can call 2012 players)? Arizona State, Michigan and Central Michigan.

Did you receive offers from any of those schools? Just Central Michigan and Michigan.

Michigan offered you officially? Yes.

Any other plans for the summer besides AAU? Elite camps? I’m going to U of D today. I’m going to Michigan next week for team camp and I’m going to their elite camp. I’m going to Florida for their elite camp but that’s about it right now.

You visited Michigan a couple days ago, right? Yeah, on Monday.

What did you do?  Did you meet the new coaches? I met Coach [Bacari] Alexander and Coach LaVall [Jordan] who came in from Iowa and they showed me around campus and showed me the process of renovating Crisler Arena and the player development center. They let me know, just, how they run their offense, what players are coming in, what players are leaving and just the system pretty much.

What do you think of the practice facility?  How much does that matter? It doesn’t effect my decision at all. But by the time I would get there it’s going to be finished, so it should be done.

Do you have a timeframe for commitment? Not really, I just want to have time to think about it, talk it over with my parents, wait for that time to come and make a decision.

Have you met Coach Beilein? Yes.

Was he the one who called you yesterday? Yeah, he called me.

What do you like about Michigan? I like the campus, I like Coach Beilein’s character, how he treats his players, and how they treat recruits.They bring them in and show them around and make them feel welcome.

How would you fit in to Beilein’s system? Like I said, I can shoot pretty well and I can take it to the basket. Coach Beilein is going to fine-tune my shot and make me into a complete basketball player.

Is there anything specific you’re focusing on improving about your game right now? My strength, going to hole stronger, and building my body

Is there a player you’ve been compared to? Durrell Summers from Michigan State.

What ultimately goes into your decision? Top-notch education, having a good social background, and top athletics.

  • Brick93

    While Izzo was busy getting ready for his close up, Beilein was on the phone with JaVontae telling him that he's our #1 wing priority in 2012 and extending an official offer. I hope that made an impression.

  • GregGBoBlue

    Pretty tight-lipped about the way he's leaning. Love his answer to the last question.

  • Drew

    Any kid who says Education is a top priority is probably the kind of character I would want on my team.

  • Wayman Britt

    I'm surprised he has only two offers – UM and CMU. I wonder if he is a sleeper or do other big name schools think he is not going to be a player.

  • Brian W

    Nice interview. Glad he's coming to the elite camp.

    Ron Patterson, a point guard for 2012, supposedly picked up an offer…

    http://blogs.indystar.com/recruitingcentral/201

    Marshall Plumlee's high school team will be playing in the City of Palms Classic in December….

    http://www.news-press.com/article/20100616/SPOR

    Amir Williams made the final roster for the USA U18 National Team…

    http://www.maxpreps.com/news/AcTpyHmREd-lugAcxJ

    Iowa senior Jarryd Cole had off-season knee surgery…

    http://gazetteonline.com/blogs/docs-office/2010

  • http://www.facebook.com/learmanj Jason Learman

    How would you fit in to Beilein’s system? Like I said, I can shoot pretty well and I can take it to the basket.,,,,

    “Coach Beilein is going to fine-tune my shot and make me into a complete basketball player.”……

    Sounds like UM is in good position if he is talking that Beilein is going to refine his shot even though he isn't committed.

  • http://waldo78 waldo78

    I caught that also Jason. I also found that interesting to hear him make it sound like he would be working directly with JB and if that is true, that would be great.