Wichita State Shockers

WSU basketball recruit will play season at prep school

Wichita State men’s basketball recruit Teddy Hawkins is headed to a prep school. He says it is only delaying his arrival at WSU.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-8 forward from Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar, said he will take the next year to increase his core grade-point average and his standardized test score so that he can become eligible. The NCAA uses a sliding scale to determine eligibility, allowing an athlete to compensate for a low grade-point average by raising the score on a standardized test, or vice versa. At a prep school, Hawkins can retake core courses and the standardized test, without losing a season of eligibility.

He said he intends to sign with the Shockers again during his year at the prep school. While Hawkins said the departure of Dana Ford, who recruited him to WSU, disappointed him, it did not cause him to look elsewhere. Ford went to Missouri Valley Conference rival Illinois State as an assistant coach in May.

“I still like everything about (WSU),” he said. “The coaching staff is still cool. They’re showing a lot of interest.”

Hawkins averaged 17.3 points as a senior, helping Dunbar to a 28-0 record and a state title in Ohio’s Division II. He was named second-team All-Area and Rivals.com rated him a three-star prospect. Hawkins signed with WSU in November, and coach Gregg Marshall praised his athletic ability and three-point shooting. WSU coaches knew Hawkins was at risk of not qualifying academically.

Hawkins is the second recruit to be denied eligibility from the NCAA this summer. Center Henry Uwadiae, from Nigeria, is attending Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College, where he must graduate from before attending an NCAA Division I school. Despite the losses, WSU is at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships.