The Illinois State Redbirds’ basketball team had a successful 2014-15 season. The team recorded twenty-two wins and made an appearance in the NIT. The team is trying to improve on that this season and they begat their journey to the NCAA Tournament with an overseas trip to Spain.
This trip was help give the team some extra practice before the season begins and to help build team morale. However, it seems to have hurt the team more than help them after it was reported that one player was sent home from the trip. According to College Basketball Talk, Deontae Hawkins was sent home to Dayton from the trip in the midst of their 3-1 run.
Hawkins was sent home after the second game and was suspended indefinitely from the team. He has started classes for the fall semester for the team, but he remains suspended for reasons yet to be revealed.
The six-foot-eight sophomore had a good showing last season as he played 22.4 minutes per game and averaged 7.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Redbirds haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1998 and open the 2015-16 season on November 13 when they play at San Diego State.
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