RICHMOND, Ky. Eastern Kentucky University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Neubauer announced the addition of five players to the team’s 2014-15 roster today.
Javontae Hawkins, Jonathan Hood, Paul Jackson, Ja’Mill Powell and Denzel Richardson will join the program. Along with Daniel Norl, who signed on to play at EKU last fall, these six make up Neubauer’s 2014 recruiting class at this time.
Hawkins is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard from Flint, Michigan. He played two seasons at the University of South Florida and will have to sit out one full year due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.
Hawkins played in 55 games, starting 10 times, at USF. He averaged 4.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He made 6-of-9 attempts from the field and scored a career-best 15 points against Cincinnati on Jan. 18, 2014. He shot 40.1 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 69.1 percent at the free throw line.
Before enrolling at South Florida, Hawkins spent two seasons at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. He averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. The four-star prospect was rated No. 89 overall and 16th at his position by ESPN in the class of 2012.
Hood is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from Durham, North Carolina. He spent the past two seasons at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. As a sophomore, Hood earned first team All-Mid Florida Conference honors and finished fourth in voting for the conference player of the year award. He averaged 14.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He made 39.2 percent of his shots from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.
On Jan.11, Hood scored 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 8-of-11 from behind the arc, against State College of Florida-Manatee. He scored 19 or more points in a game 10 times during the 2013-14 season. Santa Fe finished the season with a 22-9 record. Hood played high school basketball at Body of Christ Christian Academy.
Jackson, a 6-foot guard, will be a freshman in 2014-15. The Lithonia, Georgia native earned 5A first team all-state honors after averaging 21.5 points and 6.9 assists per game for Martin Luther King Jr. High School his senior season. He also garnered first team all-region and second team all-metro honors. Jackson led DeKalb County in scoring and assists. He dished out over 700 career assists and was a team captain as a junior and a senior.
Powell is a 6-foot-7, 195-pound guard from Bridgeport, Conn. He played the past two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Powell averaged 15.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14 while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, including 31.2 percent from three-point range. As a sophomore he knocked down 78.4 percent of his free throw attempts.
Powell earned second team all-league honors before being named region tournament MVP. In three tourney games, he averaged 24 points. He scored a season-high 29 points twice during the regular season, on Dec. 3 at Carl Albert State College and on Feb. 24 against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid.
Richardson is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard from Baltimore, Md. He has spent the past two seasons playing at Pensacola State College in Florida. He averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He shot 40.3 percent from the field, 35 percent from behind the three-point line and 75.7 percent at the charity stripe.
Richardson made 8-of-14 attempts from the field, including 6-of-9 from deep, on his way to a season-best 22 points at College of Central Florida on Dec. 2. Pensacola finished the 2013-14 season with a 21-11 record and won the Panhandle Conference Championship for the first time since 1998. Richardson played high school basketball at Calvert Hall High School.