Madison Central point guard Dominique Hawkins is having a senior season to remember, and he capped it off Wednesday morning by committing to his home state University of Kentucky Wildcats.
UK Head Coach John Calipari watched Hawkins play three times in the Sweet Sixteen last month in Rupp Arena, where Hawkins was named MVP of the tournament after leading Madison Central to its first state title.
Madison Central Head Coach Allen Feldhous Jr. said that was when the UK coaching staff became really interested in Hawkins:
[Calipari] saw him in person. Coach [Orlando] Antigua was there every game. Toughness: that was the number one thing. He told us he sees some Eric Bledsoe in him with his strength and build.
Hawkins announced his decision a ceremony at Madison Central. He held offers from Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee Tech and Murray State. It’s also worth noting he held a preferred walk-on offer from the Louisville Cardinals. He’ll likely battle senior Jarrod Polson for backup minutes behind Andrew Harrison, but could eventually become the Kentucky starting point guard, as he’s drawn comparisons to former Wildcat Eric Bledsoe, who is now having a productive NBA career.
If Polson leaves however, Hawkins will be the primary backup and get significant minutes during his freshman season.
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