2 players from the John A. Logan Men's Basketball team sign with the OVC

2 players from the John A. Logan Men's Basketball team sign with the OVC

CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Two JAL Volunteers are taking their skills to NCAA Division I.

Derek Hawthorne, Jr. has signed with UT-Martin and this comes after Jaiveon Eaves signed with Murray State. Both schools compete in the OVC.

"It is great to see our players receive NCAA Division I scholarships," said Logan coach Kyle Smithpeters.  They came to Logan to 

improve their skills so they could advance to NCAA Division I and after a lot of hard work they helped us have a great season and in turn, both were recruited by numerous Division I schools."

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 Hawthorne, who averaged 13 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, decided to continue his career at UT-Martin.  

"Hawk is an overall good player who should step right in for the Skyhawks," said Smithpeters.  "He came to us after spending a year at a small NAIA school with hopes of landing a Division I scholarship and he was able to fulfill that dream."

"I was able to get bigger and stronger while at Logan," Hawthorne said. "I will be fun when Jaiveon and I go head to head in OVC play."

Logan finished the season with a record of 26-6 and ranked 22nd nationally.

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