Dorsey Announces First Addition as Gents Basketball Coach

Dorsey Announces First Addition as Gents Basketball Coach

SHREVEPORT, La. - Centenary Gents basketball and head coach Chris Dorsey is pleased to announce Thursday, July 20, the addition of Neil Hawkins for the 2017-18 season.

"I am very excited about Neil joining us for the upcoming season," Dorsey said. "He is tough, strong, and extremely athletic. His ability to defend multiple positions, hit the mid-range jumper, and finish around the basket will allow him to be an immediate impact player for us as a freshman."

Here is a close look at Neil Hawkins:

Neil Hawkins


6-4 / 205

Titusville, Fla. / Titusville HS

Hawkins will join the Gents after playing shooting guard and small forward for Chris Bainbridge at Titusville HS. He helped guide the Terriers to three 6A, District 13 championships in Florida and an outright Cape Coast Conference Championship. Individually, he was named by his local newspaper, Florida Today, as an Athlete of the Week and an Friday Night Locker Room Player of the Game. Hawkins also appeared on the Jim Clark Classic All-Tournament team, as well as the Cape Coast Conference First Team, Most Improved Player, and the fourth-ranked player in the Cape Coast in scoring. He also made the Space Coast All-Star Game. As a senior, he averaged 13.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

In the classroom, Hawkins was named a Scholar Athlete.

The son of Tyrell and Connie Hawkins, he has one brother, Marcus. At Centenary, he intends to major in biology.