Rothstein | Boston College PF Deontae Hawkins out for year

Mar 4, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Illinois State Redbirds forward Deontae Hawkins (23) celebrates after scoring during the first half against the Southern Illinois Salukis during the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College Eagles power forward Deontae Hawkins will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season with a knee injury, a source tells FanRag Sports.

Hawkins, 6-8, was limited to just 11 minutes against Nebraska in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 29. He accounted for four points and one rebound prior to exiting the Eagles’ 71-62 defeat with the injury.

The forward ends his season averaging 12.4 points and 9.1 rebounds over eight games. He posted three straight double-doubles heading into the tilt with Nebraska and was coming off his best game of the season, a 19-point, 12-rebound effort in an 86-66 loss to the Providence Friars.

Hawkins’ season with the Eagles ends before it could take off. After committing, backing out and then re-committing, he joined the ACC program as a grad transfer from Illinois State in mid-August, giving Boston College head coach Jim Christian another playmaker to use in the frontcourt.

Hawkins led the Redbirds last season with 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc.

The Eagles beat Hartford on Saturday, 73-61, to move to 6-3 on the year. Boston College is back on the court Saturday to take on first-ranked Duke.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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