Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Connie Hawkins was the first ABA Scoring Leader in 1967-1968
with 26.8 points per game average.

Cornelius "Connie" Hawkins was born July 17, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York


Connie didn't play much at Boys High until his junior year, but two great years of spectacular ball were enough to land him on the list of all time great players.

Hawkins was All-City first team as a junior as Boys High went undefeated and won New York's ultra-competitive PSAL (Public School Athletic League) title in 1959.

His senior year he averaged 25.5 ppg., including one game in which he scored 60, and Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title.
Hawkins dunked for the first time when he was 11, and was the original flash.

"Connie Hawkins was the best I've ever seen in the PSAL," said a former PSAL commissioner who'd witnessed 50 years of New York high school hoops.

Added Sixers coach Larry Brown, "He was Julius before Julius. He was Elgin before Elgin. He was Michael before Michael. He was simply the greatest individual player I have ever seen."

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