Hawkinson earns second All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention


Junior forward Josh Hawkinson jumps for a rebound during a game against Stanford at Beasley Coliseum on Feb. 18.

From staff reports

In spite of a disappointing regular season campaign for the Washington State men’s basketball team, junior forward Josh Hawkinson has put together a stellar season, and was named an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention Monday as a result.

It’s the second-straight season Hawkinson has been an honorable mention, and with the Cougars (9-21, 1-17 Pac-12) playing Colorado Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, the Shoreline native has a chance to break his own school record for double-doubles in a season. He currently leads the conference with 20 of them and is seventh in the nation in that stat.

Hawkinson leads the Pac-12 in rebounds, averaging 11 per game, and is scoring 15.6 points per contest. He is also second in the NCAA with 9.4 defensive rebounds per game.

Both Hawkinson and Head Coach Ernie Kent said the forward’s two goals for this season were to become a better outside shooter and a better defender. While defense has been a slower progression, 3-point shooting is Hawkinson’s most improved stat this year, nearly doubling his efficiency from last season, up to 39.5 percent.

The Cougar big man will try to post his third double-double of the season against Colorado and snap his team’s 16-game losing streak at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in Las Vegas. The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast the game.

Reporting by Dustin Brennan