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Raptors reportedly welcomed Senior Illinois Wing before the draft

The Toronto Raptors have tried to keep quiet about their draft training schedule.

It's hard to say who will and will not be heading to the OVO Athletic Centre this summer ahead of the NBA Draft next month, but some names are starting to trickle in. One confirmed member of that list is Coleman Hawkins, who has already worked out for the Raptors, according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hawkins is a 6-foot-8 senior who had a pretty stellar season for Illinois last year, at least in terms of his NBA career prospects.

In the first three years of his college career, Hawkins had a 28.1% three-point shooting percentage and a 63.8% free throw shooting percentage.

But over the past year, those numbers have increased significantly for Hawkins, who is shooting 36.9% of his three-pointers and 79.2% of his free throws and suddenly looks like someone who could make an NBA roster this summer.

Hawkins' numbers at Illinois were never particularly impressive. As a senior, he averaged 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, earning him a spot on the All-Big Ten Third Team. During his career, he was primarily a role player on some pretty good Illini teams.

The Combine was not kind to Hawkins, whose lack of quickness and agility was evident in his tryouts, but he shot well in three-point drills and his 7-foot-4 wingspan certainly won't go unnoticed.

For Toronto, Hawkins' size would certainly be an advantage. The team could use another wing defender with Hawkins' profile, and the organization already has experience filling its two-way spots with undrafted free agents like the 22-year-old Sacramento native.

The Raptors are unlikely to draft Hawkins with the 31st pick, but if he decides to stay in this year's draft, he could sign with Toronto as an undrafted free agent at the end of the second night of the draft in late summer.

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