Hawkins' Suspension Explained, or is it?

When asked about the reason for his suspension from KU's team earlier this year, Jeff Hawkins explains

‘It's personal, what don't you understand about that?'''

Can you go into further detail?

Hawkins says he wasn't "as positive as he needed to be," and the threat of being kicked off the team has changed him for the better.

That's better, but how do you think it has changed you?

It had a pretty big effect on me. It's made me a lot stronger," said the 5-foot-11 guard from Kansas City, Kan. "In a way I'm happy it happened. It's opened my eyes a lot." "It" also has strengthened lines of communication with family members.

"I expected my parents to be upset with me. They were real supportive," Hawkins said. "They were the ones there for me. I had the most talks with my parents since I was little."

Jeff's in a tough position. KU is incredibly deep and it's going to be hard for him to see any real playing time this year with a healthy Mike Lee and a fast Russell Robinson in front of him on the depth chart. I'm actually pretty impressed that he's back on the team.

Graves last year was in a position of strength. We needed him, we really needed him. Hawkins isn't as integral to a sucessful enterprise and I'm glad that Self evidently extended Jeff H the same courtesy he extended Jeff G last year.