NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk State guard Malcolm Hawkins was injured last month in practice and as a precaution was taken to the hospital on a stretcher.
“In practice I made a move and ran into one of my teammates. I got this stinger feeling in my arm and I just went down.” Hawkins said. “I was feeling some tingling in my arms from the impact, but I could move right away.”
The latest injury was a big deal for Hawkins. While playing for the University of Delaware back in 2011, Hawkins suffered a spinal cord injury that cost him the rest of the season. “There was a report that said I was paralyzed for 10 hours. That was false. I may have lost feeling in my body for a couple of seconds but then I was fine because I had injured my spine”
Hawkins played his high school ball at Norview High School and prior to suffering his practice injury he was leading the Spartans in scoring with nearly 17 points a game.
Hawkins doesn’t like to talk about injuries and instead likes to focus on the rest of his very important senior season. “Coach Jones says each practice that there are 4 games left and then just 3 games left.”
Head Coach Robert Jones says Hawkins is a player who leaves it all on the court. “He has an edge to him and sometimes that edge can get him in trouble with us, but other than that we love him as a player.”
Hawkins says now he feels great and is back and ready to roll this weekend against Hampton. “Going into this MEAC Tournament we want to have momentum and we want to win the last three games and get a bye.”