Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 17, 2013

Navarro Hoops: Hawkins is Compton Cool

Runnin' Bulldogs' starting point guard has risen to leadership role


Corsicana —

Navarro’s SoCal Connection

Navarro assistant coach Eric Colbert has recruited seven players from his Southern California home area for head coach Johnny Estelle and the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Here’s the rundown:

Player                         Hometown       Currently playing

Leon Gibson                  Watts            Houston

Darren Turpin                Compton       Humboldt State

Greg Allen                     Eureka          USC

Sam Ferguson              Lynwood        Oklahoma City Univ.

Kierra Beverly               Long Beach   Bakersfield

Keith Smith                   Compton        Navarro*

Harrison Hawkins         Compton        Navarro

* Smith played for the Bulldogs in the 2011-2012 season and hopes to return next season for his sophomore year.

Current NBA Players from Compton

Player                        Team

Aaron Afflalo              Orlando Magic

Tyson Chandler         New York Knicks

Demar DeRozan       Toronto Raptors

Brandon Jennings     Milwaukee Bucks

Tayshaun Prince        Memphis Grizzlies

Other famous athletes from Compton:

Bob Beamon, Olympic gold medalist long jumper

Baron Davis, former NBA player

Mike Garrett, Heisman Trophy winner for USC

Dennis Johnson, former NBA player and coach

Marques Johnson, former NBA player

James Lofton, NFL Hall of Famer

Anthony Munoz, NFL Hall of Famer

Eddie Murray, Baseball Hall of Famer

Pete Rozelle, former NFL commissioner

Duke Snider, Baseball Hall of Famer

Dennis Thurman, former Dallas Cowboys safety

Serena and Venus Williams, tennis, 20 Grand Slam titles

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