What a weekend for Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins. A Kentucky fan, Hawkins had the thrill of playing in four games on the Rupp Arena court and winning the state title. Hawkins was named as the MVP of the Sweet 16 for averaging 26.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. To boot, Hawkins also received some major UK interest as John Calipari took in three games and Orlando Antigua took in all four games. There is no offer from Kentucky as of yet, but Hawkins HS coach feels it may only be a matter of time:
Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said there haven’t been any new developments with UK’s recruitment of Hawkins. At least, no new developments that he wanted to talk about Sunday.
“I think we’re just going to be a little bit patient there,” he said with a smile. “We’re going to be patient. And I think good things will happen.”
“It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next week or two,” Feldhaus said. “I think only good things are going to happen to him. Very well deserving things are going to happen to him. Myself, I’m always partial to Big Blue. I’d give anything to be able to come over here and watch him go up and down this floor some more.”
As of now, Hawkins probably won’t get an official offer until some things sort out. As of now, Kentucky has 16 scholarships committed and will only have 13 available. The NBA decisions of the current crop of freshmen will probably diminish that number some and there are still offers out to Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon. The situation will get a bit clearer on March 20 when Randle makes his college choice known on March 20. Here is a pretty good look at the scholarship numbers as of now.
As of this morning, it is hard to find a pundit or a mock bracket that does not have Kentucky listed in the NCAA Tournament, although most mock brackets have them in the 11 or 12 seed. Personally, I think that if Kentucky wins on Friday, that seals the deal and a win on Saturday should net them a #10 seed. A lot will depend on what happens in the upcoming SEC Tournament and several SEC teams (Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee) are on the literal bubble. Kentucky will face the winner of the Arkansas/Vanderbilt matchup on Friday night and a loss could pop the Wildcat’s precarious perch. Mike DeCourcy lists Kentucky as a darkhorse to win the SEC Tournament. IF Kentucky advances on Friday, the Saturday matchup versus Missouri or Ole Miss will be huge as to UK’s seeding. Don’t discount how quickly a second win over Missouri will end this “First Four” talk.