I’m betting that he can handle Wagner in the Mich game but may need DaMonte on Livers. That combo with Ayo, Trent, and Kofi should be able to lock down Mich. Problem is they still need DaMonte for Brown when he comes in.Please understand I am not tooting my own horn here. That said, I suggested 7 games ago that I would be starting either Hawk or Grandison, and likely Grandison, because this team simply needed a bigger defender and rebounder who could score. Starter 3 guys 6'3" or shorter with a true perimeter player (Ayo) as the fourth (listed at 6'5" but I would bet a lot of $ he can't touch that with a bare head and feet) puts the team at a disadvantage at both ends. Kofi can only have a chance at 1/3 of the boards max. Getting more minutes for Grandison and Hawkins would, IMHO, prove a big lift to the team.........if they could defend and we know they can both score.
Well, next game out comes JG for the tip and they have not lost since. Total coincidence....but my point is that he has been solid, especially on offense, and Hawk has been pretty much a break even with a plus game or two or three while he climbs the learning curve. Kudos to Jacob for his solid play. Along with being a great kid, he is only beginning to realize of what he is capable to contribute to this team. Even though he is a starter, he needs more minutes.