Nate Hawthorne
    Nate Hawthorne

    Sport/Years/Inducted:
    Men's Basketball/1970-73/2012


    Hawthorne played guard from 1970-73 and scored 1,001 points in his three-year SIU career. Along with Garrett, he helped Southern capture a conference championship in 1971, and then led the team in scoring with 17.3 points in 1973. He was also an outstanding rebounder, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game in three seasons.

    After his stellar Saluki career, Hawthorne played three years and 162 games in the NBA. He played one year with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the Phoenix Suns. Of the nine former Salukis grads to play in the NBA, Hawthorne was previously the only one not inducted into the Saluki Hall of Fame. A native of Mt. Vernon, Hawthorne passed away in 2005.