While Saint Peter’s has been battling injuries this season, they expect to get a boost from a new addition.
Head coach John Dunne expects redshirt freshman Rodney Hawkins to be eligible to play his first game within the next week, with the best case scenario being their Dec. 28 game at Cornell.
“It’s still a learning curve, going from practices to games, but we certainly think he’s a guy that can bring some energy and a little bit of length off the bench for us,” Dunne said. “How many minutes he plays, I don’t know, but I certainly do know he’s going to play hard, play with some energy and hopefully give us some solid minutes.”
The 6’7″ freshman averaged 15.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg at Lake Clifton high school in Maryland before committing to Delaware State. He never appeared in a game for the Hornets, transferring to Saint Peter’s after the fall semester and had to sit out a mandatory year in residency.
Dunne hopes that Hawkins’ presence will give him the option to rest senior leader Marvin Dominique, who ranks sixth amongst MAAC players in minutes played per game.
“I’m not expecting the world of him right out of the gate, but you hope that as each game goes by he’ll get better and more experience and be able to help us down the stretch,” Dunne said.
The Peacocks trip to Cornell is their final non-conference game of the season before the team begins MAAC play with Quinnipiac and Marist during the first weekend of 2015.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.