Tom Hawkins (basketball)

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Tom Hawkins
Personal information
Born(1936-12-22)December 22, 1936
Chicago, Illinois
DiedAugust 16, 2017(2017-08-16) (aged 80)
Malibu, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolParker (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeNotre Dame (1956–1959)
NBA draft1959 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Playing career1959–1969
PositionSmall forward
Number20, 19, 33
Career history
19591962Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers
19621966Cincinnati Royals
19661969Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points6,672 (8.7 ppg)
Rebounds4,607 (6.7 rpg)
Assists871 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Thomas Jerome Hawkins (December 22, 1936 – August 16, 2017) was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'5" (1.96 m) forward, Hawkins starred at Chicago's Parker (now Robeson) High School before playing at the University of Notre Dame, where he became the school's first African-American basketball star.[1] He was then selected by the Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers in the first round of the 1959 NBA draft, and he would have a productive ten-year career in the league, playing for the Lakers as well as the Cincinnati Royals as he registered 6,672 career points and 4,607 career rebounds.[2]

Hawkins later worked in radio and television broadcasting in Los Angeles and served as vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.[1]

Hawkins died in his home in Malibu, California on August 16, 2017.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 100 Years Remembered in 100 Days: The Hawk. Notre Dame Official Athletic Site. December 20, 2004. Retrieved on January 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Career statistics. basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2009.
  3. ^ "Irish Legend Tom Hawkins Passes Away". Notre Dame Fighting Irish. August 16, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.

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