April 21, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross announced the signings of Nathan Hawkins and Kaelon Wilson to national letters of intent.
"I'm really excited about both of these signings," Cross said. "Our program got a lot better today."
Hawkins and Wilson joined a recruiting class that includes Dallas Lincoln High School guard Erick Neal, Mansfield Lake Ridge High School forward Julian Harris and Arlington Bowie High School forward Kevin Hervey.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-5 guard, is transferring to UT Arlington after spending one season at Nebraska. Per NCAA transfer rules, Hawkins will set out the 2014-15 season and have three years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2015-16 season.
"We went after Nathan really hard last year and finished second to Nebraska," Cross said. "Coach Zak Buncik and the rest of our coaching staff did a really great job building a relationship with him, and when things didn't work out he gave us a call. He has a good size, and can play on the wing, score and pass."
The 2013 Graduate Of Rowlett High School averaged 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior, and was named District 11-5A Co-Offensive Player of the Year and a three-time first-team all-district selection. Hawkins was ranked in the top 10 percent of his senior class and was also a four-time academic all-district.
He played for Tony Johnson and Gerald Booker on the nationally-ranked Dallas Mustangs AAU Program. Hawkins was a consensus three-star Recruit from Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com, and one of the top 250 players in the country by various recruiting services. He was rated as the 11th-ranked senior in Texas by ESPN.com and TexasHoops.com in the class of 2013. Hawkins was also ranked as one of the top 20 deep shooters nationally in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com's Eric Bossi.
Wilson, a 6-2 guard, is a three-year starter at Lancaster High School, and averaged 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists as a senior for Lancaster. He played for Stacy Houston's DJH5 AAU team.
Wilson was rated the 28th best player in the state of Texas as ranked by texashoops.com. He's also ranked in the top 15 players in the state in his position (shooting guard) by texashoops.com.
"Kaelon had an unbelievable senior year and helped his team win a lot of games," Cross said. "He's our kind of guy. He plays hard, rebounds, can drive it, can score in different ways and is a good all-around player that can fit in with us. Plus, he's a winner."
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