Former LDS college basketball player joining Gwinnett Hall of Fame

A Mormon who played college basketball at Duke is about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Susan Brandau Hawkins / Photo courtesy Gwinnett Daily Post

Her name is Susan Brandau Hawkins and she played point guard for the Blue Devils women’s basketball team from 1991-1995. This Saturday, May 5, Hawkins will be part of the third class to be inducted into Georgia Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame, along side former NFL kicker Jason Elam and former Georgia quarterback David Greene.

An article by Brandon Brigman in the Gwinnett Daily Post offers more details about Hawkins’ athletic career. She is humbled by her selection to the hall of fame.

“I feel like I’m the low person on the totem pole,” Hawkins told Brigman. “The others have accolades far superior to mine. It’s pretty amazing to be selected with them.”

Hawkins was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing softball, tennis and basketball. She scored more than 1,200 points and dished out more than 650 assists in high school, a Gwinnett County public schools  record.

Hawkins’ father, Steve Brandau, said the Duke coaches did their Latter-day Saint homework when it came to recruiting his daughter.

“On the recruiting trip they had appointments with both the local bishop and stake president for her,” Brandau wrote in an email. “The stake president was also the dean of the medical school.”

Hawkins was a four-time ACC honor roll selection at Duke. On the court, she guarded opponents like Virginia’s Dawn Staley and North Carolina’s Marion Jones. She also served as the relief society president of the LDS student ward for two years, which included students from Duke and arch rival North Carolina. For more information on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visit or

Susan is now married with four children. She currently serves as relief society president in her ward in Nashville, Tenn., although the family is preparing for a move to Bentonville, Ark., later this month.



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