10 Players Dallas Mavericks fans should watch in the NCAA Tournament

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8. Coleman Hawkins

Illinois, Forward, 6'9"

University of Illinois big man Coleman Hawkins has been in the spotlight since being Jalen Green's high school teammate, and he has shown all season long that he is ready to make the jump to the NBA.

This season for the Fighting Illini, Hawkins is averaging 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 37 percent from the field, and 80.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Having a great 3-point and free-throw percentage is often telling on if a player's shooting will transfer to the NBA, and Hawkins checks that box. He shot 28 percent from downtown and 61.4 percent from the free-throw line last season, but his dedication to his craft has paid off.

Hawkins went from a versatile defender who had some offensive upside to a floor-spacing beast who is always a threat on offense. He has been a sniper from downtown this season, and for someone who is a 6-foot-10 big, that is impressive. He is also an underrated passer and makes highlight-reel plays often.

Defensively, Hawkins moves his feet well and effectively switches onto guards and wings without it being too much of a mismatch. He also has the size and wingspan (7-foot) to defend fives and does all the little things.

Versatile fours are invaluable in the NBA, and he may be the best fit of anyone on this list for the Dallas Mavericks.