Gaithersburg’s Jordan Hawkins Projected to be First Round NBA Draft Pick

Jordan Hawkins’ basketball journey has taken him from Gaithersburg to the cusp of playing in the NBA.

The 20 year-old is a star guard for the University of Connecticut. In four months, if all goes well, he could be hearing his name being called during the NBA Draft in June.

Hawkins is in the midst of a stellar season averaging 16.6 points per game for the 22-7 Huskies who are ranked 18th in the country. The 6’5″, 195 lb guard has upped his game in recent weeks averaging 20 or more points in seven or his last nine games. Known for his outside shooting, Hawkins is making 39% of his shots from beyond the arc.

Hawkins was named to the Big East Conference All-Freshman team for the 2021-22 season.

Hawkins grew up in Gaithersburg playing his first two years in high school at Gaithersburg High School. He averaged 20.2 points per game his sophomore season then transferred to DeMatha for his final two years of high school. In the 2020-21 season, Hawkins averaged 19.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per game for the Stags and was named Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year.

If Hawkins decides to leave school early as most expect, he is projected to be a first round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft by many draft experts. Some are even projecting him to be a lottery pick (top 14 pick). The NBA Draft will take place on June 22.

(Photo courtesy UConn Athletics)

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