Tag: Dominique Hawkins

UK-Wichita State postgame notes, numbers

Derek Willis had eight rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. Wichita State – NCAA Tournament Second Round

March 19, 2017, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,293

Final Score: No. 2-seed Kentucky 65, No. 10-seed Wichita State 62                                                       

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won 13 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and improved to 31-5 overall.

o   Kentucky reached 31 wins for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.

Girlfriend “thankful” she could share Senior Night experience with Dominique Hawkins

Dominique Hawkins and his family Senior Night. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Editor’s note: Emma Smith is Dominique Hawkins’ girlfriend and was wearing a jersey with his name and number at Tuesday’s Senior Nigh game against Vanderbilt. She made a special scrapbook for him with photos and comments from current and past teammates. Here’s what she thought about the whole night.

By EMMA SMITH

Senior Night was one for the books. Thank you to everyone who made the night so special for Dominique. Thank you to his close friends and family who contributed to the “memory jar” I made for him, and another big thank you to the coaching staff, current players, and Dominique’s previous teammates for writing a congratulatory note in his Senior Year Scrapbook I put together.

‘Old Reliable’ Dominique Hawkins always ready for his chance to contribute

Dominique Hawkins was all smiles after Tuesday’s win. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s never had a chance to play a lot of minutes consistently at Kentucky because of players like Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harris, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.

But often when senior Dominique Hawkins has got a chance to play, he’s delivered big plays. He did in the 2014 NCAA Tournament with his play against Michigan and Louisville. He did it last season with a big game in a win over Louisville.

Hawkins, Cats ready for up-tempo game

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

From what senior Dominique Hawkins has seen from watching UCLA games and highlights on TV, he knows today’s game with the Bruins should be fun.

“Pretty excited because we know our guard play is pretty fast and we know UCLA’s guard play is pretty fast. So it’s going to be an up-tempo game. It’s going to be fun to watch,” Hawkins said. “I won’t be surprised if it’s a high-scoring game at all.”

The UK senior says UCLA is “crazy athletic” and has good shooters.

Adebayo full of praise for Dominique Hawkins

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Count Bam Adebayo as a big Dominique Hawkins fan.

“He plays hard, he’s smart, he’s an intelligent point guard. He just plays hard on the ball and off. He is a great defender. If he gets caught on an island, I don’t have to help as much as I should. He’s just outstanding. He has experience and knows what it is all about,” Adebayo said.

How tough is Hawkins?

“I thought he should have played football and been a running back. I am just glad I have him on my team,” Adebayo said.

Briscoe, seniors already providing leadership

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has one of the nation’s best basketball recruiting classes again. Of course, that  means UK needs a team leader.

Clearly that was Tyler Ulis last season, but he’s gone to the NBA. So who is going to be the leader next season?

“I think right now Isaiah Briscoe has done a really, really good job of leading this group,” Kentucky assistant coach John Robic said Monday on the SEC coaches teleconference (John Calipari was flying back from Spain after watching recruiting targets play for Team USA).

Hawkins Completes Second Far East Trip with Reach USA

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior men’s basketball player Dominique Hawkins successfully completed his second trip to the Far East in conjunction with Reach USA for a cultural exchange trip.

Hawkins joined eight other students for the cultural exchange basketball trip in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing the United States’ culture.

“Not everyone is blessed with the little things that we have,” Hawkins said. “Some examples of that are clean water, clothes, food and shelter which were the biggest lessons I learned away from the court on this trip.

Guest post: Why do fans love Dominique Hawkins so much?

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

By JESSICA JONES (@thereal_jones)

Another highly touted recruiting class will make its way to Lexington this summer but this year John Calipari will have something he’s rarely had in his tenure at Kentucky: three seniors. Derek Willis, Mychal Mulder, and Dominique Hawkins will be honored at senior day this season. Perhaps one of the fan favorites is Dominique Hawkins.

Dom came in with a highly anticipated recruiting class that included the Harrison twins, James Young, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. In his career he has been apart of two Final Fours; including the 38 game winning 2015 Cats. He’ll finish his career with another top-ranked recruiting class and hopefully hanging number 9 in Rupp.
Why do we love Dom?
If you remember Dominique secretly got a Kentucky offer and kept it under wraps up until his announcement in April 2013. I remember being very excited to have a local kid joining the Wildcats. Dom, from Richmond, KY, gets to live out the dream of every boy growing up in Kentucky: Becoming a Kentucky Wildcat. This alone would make him a fan favorite but Dom gives so much more.
Upon Dom’s commitment, Coach Calipari noted his toughness as key reason for recruiting him. Dominique wouldn’t get the starting minutes of guys like Andrew Harrison or James Young but from day one Wildcat fans knew he would see the floor for valuable minutes. Hawkins has always willingly accepted his role on the team. More than that, he truly understands what it means to wear Kentucky blue.
Dominique also has one of the most infectious smiles I have ever seen and many fans enjoy his humble smile. As a young man growing up in Kentucky, one couldn’t imagine more of a dream come true than Dom’s March/April 2013: Winning the Kentucky state championship, being named Kentucky Mr. Basketball, and receiving a college scholarship offer from John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. Dominique is kind, humble, and virtually every Kentucky fan is pulling for his success.
 Notable moments:
As a freshmen, Dom played a key defensive role in the epic Final Four run of 2013 against Louisville and Michigan. As a sophomore, Cal used Dom in the platoon system as a relief guy. During his sophomore season, Dom started to emerge as more than just a defensive guy, starting to find the basket as well. During his junior season, Dom fought injuries — breaking his hand and spraining an ankle. Despite an injury plagued season, I think it was his best season yet. Dominique really showed up against Louisville by draining three 3-pointers in the victory.
What does Dominique bring to the 2016-2017 Cats?
As noted before, Dominique will be a key defensive guy especially with the departure of Charles Matthews. I look for Dom to have a key role off the bench. He may be used more in certain match-up situations.
More than that, I expect Dom to have a huge leadership role off the court. Kentucky will bring in five freshmen and Dom will have to step into the leadership role. I imagine he will be a quiet leader much like Darius Miller.
Dom also got really confident with his shooting last year and I look for that to grow especially with all the driving guards Kentucky has coming in. I couldn’t be more proud of Dominique and I’m excited to see him play this season.

Kentucky-Alabama postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Alabama vs. Kentucky
Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
March 11, 2016

Final Score: Kentucky 85, Alabama 59

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 24-8 and has won three in a row. Alabama is 18-14.
• The Wildcats, who tied Texas A&M for the regular-season Southeastern Conference championship, received their league championship trophy in a presentation before tonight’s game.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 108-37.
• UK has won six in a row vs. Alabama, including both meetings in the regular season.
• UK is 14-2 vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST (2:30 p.m. CST in Nashville). The Wildcats take on the winner of the Georgia vs. South Carolina game and it will be televised on ESPN.

Dominique Hawkins says he can still make “great impact” on team this year

By LARRY VAUGHT

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Even though coach John Calipari says guard Dominique Hawkins is still only 80 percent healthy because of his ankle injury. However,  Hawkins says going into Saturday’s game at South Carolina the ankle is “the best it’s ever been” even though he’s not completely healed.

He said “it was really sore” before the Florida game when he did not play.

“The doctors and I decided to sit out that game,” he said.

He did play against Georgia Tuesday and even had a dunk.