By LARRY VAUGHT
There is no guarantee that Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins is going to announce Wednesday morning that he will be playing his college basketball at Kentucky. However, it’s hard for me to imagine an 8 a.m. announcement during a school-wide assembly for Hawkins, Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, to announce he’s going to Western Kentucky, Morehead Sate, South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Purdue or Murray.
No, all the pieces seem set for Hawkins to pick UK. He’s been patiently waiting for a scholarship offer and my guess is he got one when he returned from spring break. And remember Hawkins has been open about UK being his “dream school” and the Cats easily have room for him on next year’s roster even if Andrew Wiggins decides he wants to be a Cat, too.
Hawkins, who will play in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game this weekend and the Derby Classic April 19, also could fill a need for UK. The Cats have twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison coming to likely start in the backcourt, but John Calipari needs depth. Ryan Harrow is transferring and Archie Goodwin going to the NBA. That leaves Jarrod Polson not only to back up the Harrisons, but to practice against them. Hawkins would give UK a backup at either guard and a tough, tough practice player to challenge the Harrisons. Hawkins backs down from no one and could be a perfect addition to this McDonald’s All-American recruiting class.