Give Javontae Hawkins(Limoges ESP Elite) The Ball And Heck He´ll Even Score From The Eiffel Tower If Needed

There are always guys no matter what league your in that you go and watch for a reason. In the NBA people pay to watch Steph Curry make beautiful three pointers or the all around dominating game of Giannis or delusional jealous fans just to heckle Lebron James. Last season in Germany you can be sure there were many people that marked Bonn and Crailsheim to watch because of the two crafty and exciting point guards Parker Jackson-Cartwright and TJ Shorts. There was a reason why they were the MVP candidates last season. But there are also other guys that people come to watch. For me I didn’t only mark Jackson-Cartwright in my notebook last season, but also Javontae Hawkins (196-G-1993, college: Fordham) who was a key part for the success of the Telekom Baskets Bonn. But before anything else, he has some love for all his ex point guards in Germany that fed him the ball for many points over the years. ‘You can’t go wrong at all with either of those 2 but you can also throw Dewayne Russell and Trae Bell-Hayes in there too’, warned Javontae Hawkins. A reason to come watch Javontae Hawkins is for his all around good play at both ends, but one thing that really sticks out is his incredible knack for hitting crazy long range shots. But if one thought that he learned that overnight or gradually over the years then your wrong. The last guy for me in the easyCredit BBL to be able to make those kind of shots was German Heiko Schaffartzik. Obviously his 1-1 skills have to be very good for him to be able to make those kind of shots. ‘ I have always been a great 1-1 scorer since HS, I grew up playing 1-1 everyday with friends, so it’s kind of natural I would say. I think the game has evolved to deeper range, but honestly I’ve been shooting deep range since I was a teenager. It’s kind of a natural feeling when you work on those type of shots in the off season and even during the season’. Stressed Javontae Hawkins. Last season the ex Fordham University (NCAA) great hit a game winner against Hamburg which he ranks as his best in his career and this season hit one in France against Le Portal. This season he is playing for Limoges ESP Elite and heck give him the ball and he’ll even score from the Eiffel Tower if needed. The Eiffel Tower is 12,5 kilometers from Halle Carpentier where Paris Basketball play. Don’t underestimate Javonte Hawkins because he will make crazy shots.

The 29 year old 196cm guard from Huntington West Virginia who has 5 siblings came overseas in 2017 after a solid NCAA career. After 2 non spectacular seasons at South Florida (NCAA), he then made the jump to Eastern Kentucky (NCAA) where he broke through and averaged 17,0ppg and in his senior season moved to Fordham University (NCAA) where he averaged 14,0ppg. He spent his first 2 pro seasons in Finland and Greece where he got a good feel for the European game and was consistent. Despite going 0-4 against Euroleague clubs Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, he scored in double figures in 3 of 4 games and proved he could hold his own against some of the best players overseas. Then came his successful time in Germany. He continued to prove he could play well in a new system in Crailsheim and averaged 15.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.4%. MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick recognized his talent and brought him to Ludwigsburg, but a brutal injury kept him out of action. He couldn’t play for more than a year and had to suffer some real growing pains. But when he was fit he played for the Telekom Baskets Bonn averaging 15.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 77.8%. It is quite apparent that Tuomas Iisalo has been massive for the growth in his game. ‘It helped my game a lot. Being under Tuomas Iisalo for those 2 seasons really groomed me as a player. He has an unmatched work ethic as a coach and I literally use a lot of things he taught me even while being in a different league’, stressed Javontae Hawkins.

Now the guard who can score in bunches is playing in the France Pro A and Basketball Champions League. After spending Christmas in Germany the last years, he spent this Christmas in France, but didn’t see much difference in how it is celebrated there. He also didn’t have any special new years resolutions except for being a consistent man of God, husband, father and friend. I personally would have thought he would have remained in Germany with the Telekom Baskets Bonn or even received a special opportunity with Alba Berlin or FC Bayern Munich, but the basketball God had another calling for him. ‘No it wasn’t a serious issue. I love Germany just had to take full advantage of the opportunity that’s given’, said Javontae Hawkins. After really suffering for so long and having to sit out the 20-21 season, he enjoys every day suiting up for practice because he knows every day could be the last day playing. ‘I’m very blessed and I don’t take it for granted. God blessed me with a gift and I’m thankful to be able to be healthy playing this game’, stated Javontae Hawkins. Last season he experienced a great run in the playoffs in Germany and wants to do it again this season in France in an up tempo league. Limoges CSP Elite won titles in the 80’s and last in 2015. Currently they have a 9-8 record and are in eighth place. There is still a lot of work to do, but the season is still long. But the current order of business is to win the 3 game Basketball Champions League series against his ex team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. In the first game in Ludwigsburg, the MHP Riesen grinded out a 85-81 win where Hawkins contributed 17 points. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg cleaned house after successful coach John Patrick left for Japan. This season the club has a new hungry and ambitious coach with Josh King and many new players, but the success is still there. The work and success reminds one of how Tuomas Iisalo was in Crailsheim. One player who is still around is top defender Yorman Polas. ‘ Yorman is a great friend of mine we shared times competing with and against each other these past 3 years. It’s always a joy to play against him because he brings the best out of me’, commented Javontae Hawkins.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Javantae Hawkins in Frankfurt in 2022

The family man who became a dad a few days ago and ranks Steph Curry in the top 3 best point guards of all-time came to Limoges, but didn’t come to a totally foreign place as he became teammates with 2 ex easyCredit BBL players with Desi Rodriguez and Gavin Schilling. ‘They have been very important because we can help each other adjust when needed’, added Javontae Hawkins. In Bonn there were many functioning pieces that helped the success of the team and it isn’t any different in Limoges with Americans Bryce Jones and Jayvon Graves. Graves is one of the few professional players hat was able to breathe the special Lebron James aura at St Vincent St Marys high school where he balled as a kid. ‘They are very important. They’re the engine to the team. They should always be aggressive to put us in situations to win games which both guys have been. I’ve been knowing Jayvon since he was in HS and he came on a visit back when I was at Fordham. We’ve always stayed in touch and the sky is the limit for the type of talent he has. He has NBA/Euroleague level talent for sure along with his humility I see nothing but great things in his future’, warned Javontae Hawkins. Hawkins is having another solid season in 2 competitions as he is averaging 14,1ppg, 3,7rpg, 1,5apg and shooting 36% from the parking lot in the France pro A and in the Basketball Champions league is averaging 12,4ppg, 3,0rpg and 1,5apg and shooting 31% from outside. His role is simple this season as he is the leader, their best defender and being an all around player on the offensive end. He has been telling me for years the same old story as to what the secret is to being great in every place he has ever played. ‘I remain persistent and consistent even through adversity’, warned Javontae Hawkins. He scored 21 points a piece against Paris, Monaco and Le Portal. Tonight he will give all his best in his living room in Limoges trying to force a game 3 in Ludwigsburg. Who knows perhaps he will meet his ex coach Zuomas Iisalo again this season in the Basketball Champions League. He also knows what has been the secret to Iisalo’s success the last years. ‘There’s an old saying ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ Tuomas has proven over the years that his uptempo offense and aggressive hard nose defense WORKS! He doesn’t do anything new, or out of character and still manages to prove why he’s a Euroleague level coach. I will always be a fan of his teams’, expressed Javontae Hawkins. Who knows maybe Tuomas Iisalo will reach the Euroleague one day with FC Bayern Munich? ‘I could definitely see it. He deserves it for sure’, stressed Javontae Hawkins. Who knows maybe one day the paths of Tuomas Iisalo and Javontae Hawkins might cross again. Perhaps in a big city in Bavaria.

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