NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis has announced the signing of two South Carolina high school players. Quayshun Hawkins of Dreher High School in Columbia and Owen Jacobs of Fox Creek High School in North Augusta will join the Wolves for the 2011-12 season.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 guard, can play the point or shooting guard positions and was named All-State as both a sophomore and senior. The three time All-Region selection had 40 points vs Lower Richland in January and has had 25 games when he has made at least four 3-point shots. Hawkins has had three games when he has made seven long balls and three more games when he has made six 3-pointers. In his senior year he was named the Region Player of the Year.
Quayshun scored over 1,000 points in his career at Dreher but does much more than just score. He once had 17 rebounds in a game, 11 assists in another and had 11 double-doubles over the past two seasons. Hawkins also had a triple-double vs Fairfield his junior year scoring 18 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and handing out 10 assists. Quayshun was also selected to play in the prestigious North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach.
“We are very lucky to get a player of Quayshun's ability,” said Davis. “He has the ability to come in and make an impact right away. He can shoot, handle and pass the basketball, the three areas we often struggled with this past season. Quay would be an impact player here even if he could not shoot the ball but he can really shoot it and has tremendous range. We are extremely happy to have him with us.”
Jacobs, a 6-foot-5 post player, was named to the South Carolina All-State team while averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds a game as a senior. Owen was a four-year varsity player and was named MVP of the team all four years. He scored well over 1,000 points in his career and led his team to the seconnd round of the state playoffs this past season.
Jacobs is a true student-athlete bringing a 3.9 grade point average to Newberry and is a member of the National Honor Society. He had 23 points and 21 rebounds against North High and had 31 points and 15 rebounds against Thomson. Jacobs was selected to the Georgia/South Carolina CSRA All-Star Team.
“Owen is not your prototypical Newberry basketball player,” said Davis. “He is not the fastest, quickest player but he has a brain and a big heart. Every time we saw him play we liked him more and more. He is tough, will not back down and can score, rebound and really pass the ball out of the post. He has his work cut out for him making the adjustment to our style but he is up to the challenge and I am really looking forward to the privilege of coaching this young man.”