Rebel with a Cause: An Inside Look at the Mind of Justin Hawkins

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| October 10th, 2012

The saying goes that hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard and for UNLV Senior guard, Justin Hawkins, that couldn’t be more on point. Hawkins grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Taft High School and played AAU basketball for the Compton Magic. While Hawkins wasn’t a highly recruited player out of high school, not being ranked in the top 150 in the class where John Wall was the top prospect according to, he received an offer from the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. UNLV was a school known for its dominant stint in the 90’s but more recently struggling to make it back in the eyes of the national audience, and right before the start of his senior season at Taft, Hawkins committed to the uprising squad.

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