State of the Game: Justin Hawkins (Former Player)

Ronnie Flores, Ronnie FloresAbout the Author
Ronnie has scouted and evaluated high school basketball talent for 20 years (and counting) and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, editing and managing high school sports websites for companies such as Student Sports and ESPN. He also serves as a manager and consultant for grassroots high school events run by Ballislife, as well as other independent operators and major shoe companies. Ronnie also serves as an account manager and production supervisor for television and online streaming broadcasts while working with companies such as ESPN and Facebook. Ronnie has been quoted in numerous publications such as the Los Angeles Times and has appeared on radio sports talk shows to discuss high school and grassroots basketball, as well as serving as a color commentator on numerous high school broadcasts. The only scout/prep journalist to once serve on the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best of the West panel for both football and boys’ basketball, Ronnie has also served on the selection committees for the Gatorade Athlete of the Year program, the John Wooden Award for high school basketball players and as a player personnel director for the Ballislife All-American Game and Under Armour Elite 24.

| February 2nd, 2016 | 420 Views

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with respected individuals in various roles and talk about the state of the high school and grassroots game. We interviewed respected national talent evaluators (Jerry Meyer of, Clark Francis of the Hoop Scoop, Joel Francisco of, a shoe company national manager (Tony Dorado of Nike), college coaches (Pepperdine University assistant John Impleman and Santa Clara University assistant Mike Peck), a young high school coach (former UNLV guard Justin Hawkins from Liberty of Henderson, Nev.) and a state title-winning high school coach (former Clemson guard Lou Richie from Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, Calif.).

In part No. 6 of our “State of the Game” BIL exclusive, we sit down with Hawkins to discuss the transition from scholarship athlete to post playing career, balancing academics and athletes and he offers advice for potential scholarship players from the perspective of a Top 100 recruit.

In part No. 7 on February 4, we’ll sit down and talk to Tony Dorado, Nike’s high school manager.

RELATED: Part 1 – Lou Richie (HS Coach)Part 2 – John Impleman (College Coach) | Part 3 – Michael Peck (College Coach) | Part 4 – Jerry Meyer (National Scout) | Part 5 – Joel Francisco (National Scout) | Part 7 – Tony Dorado (Shoe Company Manager) | Part 8 – Clark Francis (National Scout)

Ronnie Flores is the national Grassroots editor of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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