Basketball has played a tremendous role in my life. As a child I was able to build confidence and learn the importance of working hard and having determination to achieve great results. Playing basketball challenged me mentally, physically and emotionally. It gave me the opportunity to attend college on a full scholarship and obtain a business degree. It gave me the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world, and establish great friendships. Basketball has greatly impacted who I am today and the values that I hold myself accountable to were greatly shaped by the discipline and dedication that basketball requires.
For that reason, I am passionate to train and work with today’s youth. I want to help them not only to become better athletes but better individuals. My goal is for them to be successful at anything they do, and hopefully get the rewards that I was able to receive through basketball and maximize every opportunity that comes their way.
As a senior, A.J. was a McDonald’s All-America nominee and an All-State selection ... Averaged 22.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 blocked shots and 4.2 assists per game ... As a junior, averaged 19.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.1 blocks per game ...Averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds his sophomore year ... Was named to the all-city team three times.
St. Bonaventure - Freshman
He was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week twice (Nov. 14-20 and Dec. 4-10) ... Played in all 27 games and earned 10 starts ... Averaged 6.3 points per game, a figure that ranked fifth best among all Atlantic 10 Conference freshmen... averaged 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.6 steals per game ... Shot 45 percent (73-160) from the field ... Scored in double figures four times ... Scored a season-high 19 points in win over Youngstown State on Dec. 10... scored nine points and a season-high seven rebounds in win over St. Francis ... In his first collegiate game, scored 12 points in a win over Robert Morris
St. Bonaventure - Sophomore
Started all but one game and emerged as a bona fide leader ... Averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals per game ... Came on strong in Atlantic 10 play with a team-high scoring average of 14.1 points per game in conference action ... Scored in double figures each of the last eight games of the season ... Recorded two double-doubles on the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Richmond (Jan. 10) and with a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Duquesne (Feb. 24) ... Scored 20 or more points five times: vs. Ohio (25), vs. Duquesne (20), at Temple (23), vs. Dayton (24) and at Duquesne (29) ... Led the Bonnies in scoring nine times ... Set career highs in field goals (12) and attempts (17) in the game with Ohio ... led St. Bonaventure in rebounding six times ... Led the Bonnies in steals with 28 ... Went 13-16 at the line in win at Duquesne ... Averaged 30.4 minutes per night.
Wichita State - Junior
Wichita State, where he started 29 games his junior season, averaging 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and one steal per game. He had a high of 18 points against Texas Tech and also had 15 points against Northern Arizona.
Oklahoma Baptist - Senior
Started every game as a bison averaged 17.6 points per game 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Hawkins was sooner athletic first team all conference, Newcomer of the year, and Defensive player of the year. Hawkins was captain of the Oklahoma Baptist team who was 33-3 this Season. Hawkins hit the winning three point shot to win the NAIA National championship his senior season. Hawkins also was first team all tournament team and an All-American honorable mention averaging 19.2 and 4.3 rebounds for the tournament.
A.J. Completed a strong season playing for the Swiss club SAM Basketball Massagno. Hawkins averaged 15.3 points duing the season, he averaged 19.25 points per game in the last eight games and 23 points per game in the last three games. He also helped the team qualify for the play-offs.