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Connie Hawkins      New York Wikipedia 

Position(s): F, C

Connie Hawkins attended Boys High School and lived in Brooklyn, New York. He led his high school team to two city championships and earned First Team Parade All-American and Mr. Basketball USA. He had shown a strong interest in Iowa, but decided to attend the University of Colorado and enrolled at that school for the summer session. However, in the fall he decided to transfer to Iowa. He starred on the Hawkeye freshman squad, playing as a forward and center. The leading frosh scorer, he was known for his GlobeTrotter-style ball handling.

Former NBA player Jack Molinas gave him a $200 loan before he left for Iowa City to help him get settled as he relocated across the country. The loan was paid back Hawkins’ brother the following year. Molinas was a key figure in the 1960-61 college basketball point shaving scandal which saw 37 college players from 22 schools arrested and resulted in St. Joe’s vacating its 1961 Final Four appearance. It was alleged that Hawkins had played the role of a middleman in Molinas’ point-shaving scheme, despite none of his supposed associates claiming that he had any involvement with these dealings. Despite the fact that Hawkins could not have been involved in point-shaving (as a freshman, due to NCAA rules of the time, he was ineligible to participate in varsity-level athletics), he was kept from seeking legal counsel while being grilled by New York City detectives who were investigating the scandal. As a result of the investigation, despite never being arrested or indicted, the University of Iowa expelled him from school, and he was effectively blackballed from the college ranks, as no NCAA or NAIA school would offer him a scholarship. He dropped out of school in May 1961 due to academic and financial difficulties.

In 1961-62, he played one season for the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League (ABL), an aspiring rival to the NBA, and was named the league's most valuable player. After the league folded in the following years, he spent four years performing with the Harlem Globetrotters.

The NBA commissioner would not approve any contract for him to play in the league when his draft class became eligible. He went undrafted in 1964 and 1965, and was formally banned from the league in 1966. He also filed a lawsuit against the NBA, and joined the American Basketball Association (ABA). After the 1969 NBA season, the league paid him a cash settlement of nearly $1.3 million and assigned his rights to the expansion Phoenix Suns. He finally got his chance in the NBA, and played 7 seasons with the Suns, Lakers and Hawks, but his career was cut short due to injuries and waiting on the lawsuit. He made 4 NBA All-Star teams, his no. 42 jersey was retired by the Suns, and he was later named to the ABA All-Time team.

Born 7/17/1942 and died on 10/6/2017 at the age of 75.

ABL Player of the Year (1961), NBA All-Star (1970-1973) 



Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story (1/1/1972)
This book is about a professional basketball player, Connie Hawkins, but it is also about American athletics. The hope and despair of the ghetto schoolyard, the cutthroat college recruiting, the camaraderie and dissension in the locker room, the gambling scandals, the blacklists, the legal battles - Hawkins has been through them all. he has played with the Harlem Globetrotters (where he found racism and explotation) and began an All-star in three professional leagues. Today, Hawkins is a superstar with the NBA Phoenix Suns. He remains a legend in the black playgrounds, where his name is synonymous with the term "schoolyard ballplayer." But for eight years, the graceful, 6'8" Hawkins was an outcast, playing in tainted obscurity, blacklisted by the NBA. As a frightened teenager, he had made false confessions - under police pressure - and was wrongfully implicated in a fixing scandal.

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