Illinois State forward Deontae Hawkins has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the program announced Monday. While coach Dan Muller gave no specifics, the Pantagraph reported that Hawkins was arrested Sunday and charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving with a suspended license. He was released on bond and is due in court Nov. 17 for a pretrial hearing.
Hawkins, a 6’8″ senior, averaged 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. He was selected to The Catch and Shoot’s preseason All-MVC Second Team.
Muller said Tuesday at MVC media day he is unsure the length of the suspension and if Hawkins will continue practicing with the team during the suspension.
Hawkins was also suspended during Illinois State’s 2015 summer trip to Spain but only the missed the final two games of that tour, a preseason exhibition game, and the season opener against San Diego State.