Hersey Hawkins : biography
Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. (born September 29, 1966, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player. After starring at Westinghouse High School in Chicago, the 6' 3" (1.90 m) shooting guard attended Bradley University. Hawkins was known for his stealing skills and outside-shooting ability. He wore numbers 3, 32 and 33 in his 12-year basketball career.
Hersey spent four seasons at Bradley University. In the 1987-1988 season, he averaged an NCAA Division I-high 36.3 points per game and was National College Player of the Year. He led NCAA Division 1 in scoring. Hawkins currently ranks seventh all-time on the NCAA Division I career scoring list. Before being drafted into the NBA, he was a member of the USA men's national basketball team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul with 11 other future NBA stars coached by John Thompson. They disappointingly finished with the bronze medal after losing to the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
Hawkins was named as an assistant by head coach Ty Amundsen for the 2006–2007 season at Estrella Foothills High School varsity basketball in Goodyear, Arizona. He also came to the Hoopfest in 2009. He is currently the Player Development Director for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hersey is married with three sons. His son Corey, who holds the Arizona high school record for most points in a career, started at Arizona State University and now competes for UC Davis. His son Brandon played college basketball at University of the Pacific before finishing his career at Portland State University. His son Devon currently plays basketball at West Linn High School in Oregon. Former NFL offensive lineman Flozell Adams is Hersey's cousin.
Career in the NBA
He was then drafted 6th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in first round of the 1988 NBA Draft, but his rights were immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to former 1988 Olympic teammate Charles Smith. On the 76ers, "Hawk" was the second scoring option after Charles Barkley. Hawkins earned NBA All-Rookie First Team Honors in 1989. In 1991 he averaged 22.1 points and appeared in the NBA All-Star Game. In a game against the Boston Celtics, he had 9 steals. He also scored a career-high 43 points in a game against the Orlando Magic.
In 1993, Hawkins was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Dana Barros, Sidney Green and draft picks. In 1994, he made a career-high of 14 rebounds against the Houston Rockets.
After two productive seasons in Charlotte, Hawkins and David Wingate were traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Kendall Gill. In 1996, he played a key role, complementing Gary Payton, Detlef Schrempf and Shawn Kemp, on a Sonics team that made it to the NBA Finals but they lost 2-4 to his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls.
He won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in his final season in Seattle.
On August 12, 1999, Hawkins was traded to the Bulls but his one-year tenure in Chicago was marred by injury, and he only averaged 7.9 points per game in 61 games.
Return to Charlotte
He returned to Charlotte as a free agent in 2000 for his final season, and he retired in 2001 with 14,470 career points.
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