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
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

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]


  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. 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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