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Not another student-athlete ‘scandal’: UNLV’s Justin Hawkins graduates in three years

May 9, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT


Questions have been raised for some time about the relationship between academics and the student-athlete at the collegiate level. See: one-and-done, academic ineligibility, prep schools, etc., etc.

So it’s refreshing to see a story of an athlete who has excelled in the classroom, the type of story that is many times swept under the carpet, in favor of the juicier, more salacious types, the “scandals” and “NCAA investigations.”

Justin Hawkins averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds for UNLV this past season and this weekend he’ll be graduating from that university on the accelerated, three-year track.

The story is recounted by Ryan Greene of, telling the story of how Hawkins loaded his academic calendar and took classes in the summer to put himself in a position to graduate early.

“I think that’s what actually helped push me,” Hawkins told “You’ve got to teach yourself, do the physical work, and no one’s there to tell you when you have to do a test, do a paper, take a quiz online. You have to be willing to go out to get your education.”

He is in hotel management, understandably a big major in the tourist-rich Las Vegas area, and Hawkins has even interned at the MGM Grand while balancing school and basketball.

He will have one year of eligibility left and will begin work in the fall on a master’s in public administration.

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. AlohaMrHand - May 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Awesome JHawk!!!!!Doing UNLV proud!!

  2. imforbigblue - May 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    So your patting this kid on the back for finishing school? Ok what about the other 1000 plus players who played college ball who finished school. Yeah good job kid you did what you should of done in the first place

    • stoudemelo - May 10, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      You’re and idiot.

  3. mtheparrothead - May 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM


    Obvious you never went to “big blue” or college for that matter or you’d realize college generally takes four years to complete. He accelerated it and finished in three. Most b ball players don’t finish it all. Way to look stupid.

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