NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State University men’s basketball student-athlete Jalen Hawkins and women’s basketball student-athlete Shine Strickland-Gills have been granted immediate eligibility thanks to an NCAA ruling handed down on Wednesday.
The NCAA Division I Council voted this week to grant a blanket waiver to all Division I transfers who met certain criteria. Both Hawkins and Strickland-Gills, who enrolled at NSU prior to the fall semester, met those criteria and can begin competing for the Spartans immediately.
Hawkins, who competed last year for Robert Morris, is classified as a redshirt junior this year. In 2019-20 at Robert Morris, Hawkins averaged 7.3, points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the Colonials, who won the Northeast Conference Tournament title. The Bronx, New York native shot 42 percent from the floor, 33 percent from 3, and 72 from the free-throw line.
“We are excited about the addition of Jalen Hawkins,” Jones said. “He brings more experience and depth to our team at the guard position. He's very athletic and can score it at all 3 levels. He also brings proven production to our lineup.”
Strickland-Gills competed last year at Central Michigan and is classified as a sophomore. She played in 14 games as a freshman at CMU in 2019-20. Strickland-Gills logged 10 points and 15 rebounds in those appearances. The Saginaw, Michigan native show 80 percent from the line.
“We are so excited to add Shine to the program,” Vickers said. “She’ll immediately bring a defensive mindset to our team. Her style of play and physicality are exactly what we need.”
Both Spartan teams have one game remaining before a brief holiday break. The NSU men welcome UNC Wilmington to Echols Hall for a 4 p.m. Friday game, and the women host William & Mary at 2 p.m. Sunday.