Dan Hurley has picked up his second recruit in the 2021 class as four-star shooting guard Jordan Hawkins from DeMatha Catholic in Hayettsville, Maryland committed to join UConn Friday.
Hawkins is top-50 prospect who is rated at the 15th-best shooting guard in the class by Rivals. He will join Rahsool Diggins in the backcourt at UConn, who verbally committed to the school on July 26. With the Hawkins commitment, UConn’s class jumped to the 13th ranked class in the nation and the second best in the conference by 247sports.
The 6-foot-4 Hawkins is regarded as a lengthy and athletic scorer who has no problem shooting the deep ball. He also has good feel for his midrange jumper and could be an immediate contributor due to his defensive abilities. His size should give UConn some balance in the backcourt for the future alongside the 6-foot-1 Diggins.
Hawkins also received offers from Xavier, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Clemson and Seton Hall. The Crystal Ball predictions started rolling in before he was even offered by UConn, which the school extended on August 1. Assistant coach Kenya Hunter was credited with the recruiting assist.
Hawkins is among the flurry of Big East commitments in the past few weeks, as eight new recruits have joined the conference since July 24. Villanova has earned a pair with Angelo Brizzi and Jordan Longino joining Trey Patterson. Xavier grabbed four-star Cesare Edwards on the same day UConn got Diggins and Georgetown has also gotten a pair of three-star recruits along the way.