A summer of uncertainty for the Boston College Eagles surrounding prize transfer Deontae Hawkins appears to have a happy ending. Per Verbal Commit’s Tai Young and CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Hawkins has recommitted to the program and will play for the Eagles during the 2017-18 season.
Illinois St. grad transfer F Deontae Hawkins is transferring to Boston College. Hawkins averaged 14ppg and 6rpg during the 16-17 season— Tai Young (@TaiYoungVC) August 14, 2017
Illinois State grad transfer Deontae Hawkins has committed to Boston College, per a source. Immediately eligible.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 14, 2017
Hawkins had decommitted earlier this summer, and much uncertainty surrounded the highly touted transfer out of Illinois State. Hawkins, a forward who played at the 4 and 5 during his senior year at Illinois State, reportedly visited both Gonzaga and New Mexico during his period of decommitment, though reportedly Boston College remained the preferred choice.
Hawkins was also left off the initial release of the Boston College roster on the BC Athletics website. While the Eagles’ incoming freshmen had been added, Hawkins, then decommited, had not.
The pickup is a major coup for Jim Christian, whose program had been under fire for its recruiting struggles during the 2017 recruitment cycle. Coupled with a big signing of Wynston Tabbs, a Top 150 recruit in the 2018 recruitment class, it might be a signal that Christian’s luck might be beginning to turn for the better.
BCI will have more on Hawkins’ commitment.