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Hawkins to Kentucky on Wednesday seems to make perfect sense for him, UK


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.

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  1. Rodney

    I would love to have a kid like Hawkins. This year proved that you do need such guys, not only for in game situations, but for practicing purposes. Come on down Mr. Hawkins!! Kentucky is building for the future with this recruiting class, not just building for the upcoming season. But we need to save room for Wiggins!!! ;)

  2. King Ghidora

    I’ve been hoping he would become a Cat also. He seems to have the UK tradition motivating him. That’s always a good thing. I’m sure he will be a great player wherever he goes. He has shown he can come through in the clutch, that’s for sure.

  3. Judi Cole

    Will be waiting with baited breath to hear him say he’s UK bound. What a great addition Hawkins would be and one who would instill in his teammates what it means to play for Kentucky!

  4. LindaS

    He is Kentucky born and bred, he is Mr. Kentucky Basketball and he has one of those great smiles we have gotten use to. It’s a no brainier, he will be a Wildcat, if not, Cal needs his head examined. We can’t let another Mr. Basketball play out of state or for any other team in state. Go Cats!

  5. Kokamo Joe

    Now we know that he has signed. Good for him and good for UK.

    Hawkins is thought to have Kentucky bred talent. Calipari’s history suggest that he plays his best 7 or so players and seldom goes to his bench even in blow out games.
    If allowed to back up the Harrison twins and actually play limited minutes next year Hawkins could develop into the type of Kentucky connection that can provide skill and leadership when he is a junior and senior. I hope that happens. If Calipari sits the kid on the bench and recruits over him in 2015 then Hawkins would have been better off to go to another school. At this point we don’t know if he really has the talent to develop into more than a minor role/bench player. It will be interesting to watch.

    Our problem at UK is more good than bad. We get the best of the best. The best of the best leave after one or two years. East year’s best will get the playing time because they are the best. So how can a kid who would develop into a great college player somewhere else, get enough exposure to grow and develop here? The good….talent galore. The bad…a potential might wither on the vine.

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