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Dominique Hawkins commits to Kentucky

Apr 10, 2013, 10:48 AM EST

Dominique Hawkins, Dontez Byrd

Dominique Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 guard from Madison Central in Kentucky, has committed to the Wildcats.

Hawkins isn’t a typical Kentucky basketball recruit. In fact, he’ll likely never see much playing time at the point guard spot. The schools that he picked Kentucky over? Appalachian State, Western Kentucky and Morehead State. Coach Cal didn’t bring him in to compete with the Harrisons for minutes in the back court.

But Hawkins was Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky. And he can play the point guard spot, which will be needed seeing as Jarrod Polson is the only other point guard on the Wildcat roster.

Hawkins becomes the eighth member of Kentucky recruiting class, which also includes six all-americans.

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  1. imforbigblue - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Let’s say what he really a four year cheerleader and ONLY reason he’s on the team is because he’s a Kentucky boy but not Good enough to play for UK

  2. sportsguy88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    “Hawkins isn’t a typical Kentucky basketball recruit. In fact, he’ll likely never see much playing time at the point guard spot.

    But Hawkins was Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky. And he can play the point guard spot, which will be needed seeing as Jarrod Polson is the only other point guard on the Wildcat roster.”

    So will he or won’t he be playing point guard?

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Wonderful question 88:
      I took it to mean he may…or may not play point guard. LOL!

  3. coryfor3 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Interesting decision. Not bad really. Maybe he is recognizing his basketball limitations and would rather soak up the benefits of UK basketball, maybe get a chance to play and get a degree from UK over App. State or Western Kentucky. He also gets a chance to make a ton of connections, learn from the UK coaches and if he wants to work in basketball one day that will be more beneficial than playing every second at Morehead State.

  4. sportsguy88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    STL,

    either way he’s right! Hahah

  5. dalucks - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Coach Cal realizes that having 1 or 2 seniors is not a bad thing to have. He will be very important player for Coach Cal in 2017.

  6. ukmchs08 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    They forgot to mention the fact that Hawkins led his HS team to a State Championship against a very talented Ballard team (which includes Quentin Snider, a 2014 U of L recruit) where he averaged over 25 pts each game. He was overwhelmingly the obvious choice for Mr. Basketball in the state of KY and has played with and or against multiple guys in this years UK recruiting class including the Harrison Twins which he had almost 30 pts against. Hawkins is an outstanding player; Coach Cal has referred to him as the Eric Bledsoe of this recruiting class because of his “toughness and strength”. He is not a one and done and will provide great leadership and passion for the team which was obviously lacking from this past years squad. He is an under the radar recruit to most people, but not in the state of KY. Everyone knows him and knows what he is capable of, including the fact that even if he is not a starter, he was not offered a scholarship to be a cheerleader. He is talented enough to play for the University of Kentucky and will be a valuable asset to this class and the team for the next 4 years.

    • ukmchs08 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      This also fails to mention many of Hawkins’ other offers, including from Purdue and South Carolina.

  7. imforbigblue - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Give me a break if this kid wasn’t from Kentucky he would of never been offered a ride to UK. He’s a in state kid all the Kentucky ppl want to see but he will ride the bench just like Hood who was a Mr. Kentucky basketball and a top 40 player which this kid isn’t even top 100. If he was so good bigger better schools would of offered so stop being a Homer this coming from a UK fan

  8. bigshag - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    This kid put up 29 points against the Harrison twins in a tournament. He has that toughness UK missed at that position last season. He will make the twins BETTER and more importantly he will make UK better and be a key ingredient to next season’s probable championship and for a few years thereafter

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