Dominique Hawkins has been a pleasant surprise for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team so far this season. Hawkins is a member of the high-powered and vastly talented 2013 recruiting class that chose to play at Kentucky. Yet, he was most likely the least notable and promising of the 2013 commits. Hawkins has proven to be a crucial component to the team, though.
The 6’0″ Hawkins has already assumed a solid role as the back-up point guard. Hawkins has proven to be a consistent defender and a good game manager as he has only turned the ball over twice in Kentucky’s eight games. Although he is only averaging 1.8 points per game, he can make shots when necessary. He is aggressive, can create his own shot, and get to the foul line. However, there is plenty of firepower on this Kentucky team to where Hawkins doesn’t have to pour on the points. He is a nice spark of the bench that can provide energy and steady the ship. Senior guard Jarrod Polson has seen limited minutes, so it’s likely we’ll be seeing plenty more from Hawkins.
Willie Cauley-Stein has also been excellent as of late. The 7’0″ sophomore had a career-high 9 blocks to go along with 15 points and 8 rebounds in last night’s win over Providence. Cauley-Stein showed some promise towards the end of last season and had some high expectations entering this season. He has certainly started to fulfill them over the last couple games. Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and already has 31 blocks this season.