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Could Dominique Hawkins be Kentucky’s next walk-on?

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Rupp Arena’s going to get quite the workout this week. In addition to Saturday’s Senior Day festivities and the Florida game, the Boy’s Sweet 16 starts, with the first round taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, the semifinals Saturday night, and the finals on Sunday. One player Cats fans should keep an eye on is Dominique Hawkins, the Madison Central point guard who has received some interest from the UK staff in the past few weeks. Hawkins, one of the finalists for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball award, and Madison Central play Wayne County at noon tomorrow.

Something tells me you’ll see a familiar face from the UK staff in the stands. There’s been some scuttle around the program that Hawkins could be a late addition to the 2013 class, most likely as a preferred walk-on. Hawkins, who is also the cousin of Marquis Estill, a current undergraduate student assistant coach at UK, would provide some additional back-up at point guard and be the four-year player we’ve learned this program benefits from. Having a veteran point guard that knows Cal’s system will be vital in helping each year’s incoming superstars learn the system and help steady the ship if things get rocky. Plus, he’s a Kentucky boy.

Hawkins has already been offered a preferred walk-on spot at Louisville, along with interest from Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Tennessee, Purdue, Alabama, Tennessee Tech and Murray State.

Watch him work:

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28 Comments for Could Dominique Hawkins be Kentucky’s next walk-on?



  1. greginky
    12:05 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    How tall is this kid and what are his best assets?



  2. SexnNursinHomes
    12:06 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    1- over 6 foot and his best assests are debatable. Some think he has nice legs, others like his eyes.



  3. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    12:12 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    1 – I love the way he feels about friendship.

    Also, look out for Covington Holmes sophomore PG, James Bolden. The kid is electric and could start getting some interest from Cal, even if not, other big schools will be all over this kid in the next couple yrs.



  4. Jpo
    12:13 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    2. Hahahahahaha!!!



  5. TylerC
    12:21 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    He seems like a good kid, in an interview after winning the 11th region.



  6. NBA league pass
    12:26 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    why not just offer him a scholarship then?



  7. playersfan
    12:29 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I hope he can shoot, apparently you do not have to be a great shooter to be a McDonald’s AA, since the only great shooter we had was Lamb. We only have one shooter this year, and he can’t get a shot.



  8. JTack
    12:41 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    The Bolden kid picked up his 1st scholarship offer they other day from Xavier. He’s only a Soph, so he’ll get several more in the near future.



  9. JustSayin
    12:52 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Look how valuable Polson has been for us and this kid supposedly is more talented than him. I think atleast one kid from each class should be a planned four year guy to help us out in the odd times. Adding this kid and Willis should benefit us immensely for overall team strength.



  10. MemphisCat
    12:52 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Brandon Stockton type player, hopefully, if he comes to BBN, he can provide something off the bench that we are lacking right now with the walk-ons.



  11. John
    12:58 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Way more athletic than Stockton and about a half foot taller. I’m at work and can’t see the video posted of him. But the one I seen the other day he threw down a dunk that reminded me of Bledsoe.



  12. D
    1:00 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Bolden plays in 1:30 game tomorrow right after Hawkins. Bolden is super quick, great handle & smooth left hand jumper with range. Skinny – but just soph.



  13. Yeeyeeyee
    1:03 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    The kid is exactly what we need in a 4 year player he can take over a game but would rather get his teammates involved. He only cares about basketball so you pilfer have to worry about him being a trouble maker, and he has great vision on the court. Would much rather have him on scholarship than Willis he won’t play 40 minutes in his career at uk lol mark my words.



  14. Jpo
    1:10 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    7. Ya wiltjer can’t shoot



  15. Old School
    1:15 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    7. Tayshaun Prince, Keith Bogans, Joe Crawford, Kyle Wiltjer



  16. Ol' Ball Coach
    1:23 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    He has huge hands, long arms, plays bigger than his 6′ height may suggest. He is very explosive off the ground and looks to dunk when given a chance. Not a great shooter but brings a lot to the table for whoever picks him up. He’s not your typical walk-on, end of the bench type player. I predict that if Madison Central is still playing on Sunday in the finals that this young man wins Mr. Basketball.



  17. KyHSbball
    1:41 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    In the 11th region championship game, against Lexington Catholic, Hawkins recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists. Often deferring to another talented teammate of his, Kenjah Bosley, who had 22 points. Huge hands, long arms, and plays way bigger than 6’1″ (as you can tell, with 13 boards). Not overly quick off the dribble, but EXTREMELY athletic. Under-recruited because he’s not as flashy as most in his generation. (As you can see in the video, after his huge putback dunk, he gets right back into their press-defense) Finds his spots with ease, attacks the basket with force, and does all things well. Would be a great additon to this 2013 recruiting class, and will make a Darius Miller-type impact 2-3 years down the road under Calipari’s guidance.



  18. oldschool
    1:53 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    why would Cal want him? looks like a 4 year player. does he like Drake? does he have integrity? I have herpes.



  19. catlanta31
    2:39 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Comparing ANY player to Brandon Stockton is NOT a compliment.



  20. Catastic
    2:52 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Brandon Stockton would have been an All-American if John Calipari or Rick Pitino coached him, Tubby Smith handcuffed him. Brandon was in 4th grade playing at the Bunche Park in Glagsow against high school kids and more than holding his own.



  21. I've played against Bolden
    2:57 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    James Bolden is the real deal! By the time he is a senior he will deffiantly be a top 50 recruit!



  22. Jim
    3:07 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    20. Its to bad Stockton didn’t grow anymore after the 4th grade.



  23. hahahaha
    4:12 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    No props to a. wireman for the video…typical



  24. Catastic
    4:20 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Brandon did grow since 4th grade, Brandon should be in the NBA right now. If you come to the Barren County YMCA on Tuesdays and Thursdays he still dominates all of the local guys like he has his whole life, simply amazing.



  25. jbob89
    4:51 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Dominique Hawkins may be better at football than he is basketball. Dude is an ATHLETE. Big Linebacker for Madison Central.



  26. Drew
    5:20 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    @ 25 except that his primary position was RB. Kid is a basketball player helping the football team like Coach Feldhaus Jr. said.



  27. Duke Sucks
    8:15 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    24) You’ve lost your mind! If the kid wants to walk on let him. He can’t hurt even though no way he playes at UK, Morehead or eastern would probably suit his skill level.
    You guys act like Polson was a scrub high schooler. The kid scored over 50 a couple of times he has skills. It’s just a whole nother level in D-1 basketball.



  28. Adam Saylor
    8:57 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    This kid can play at this level. He put up 30 in a game against the Harrison twins. The kid is a finalist for Mr. Basketball and has a really good chance of winning it. Cal gave a scholarship to Willis who had been regarded as best player in state and Hawkins is every bit as good as him if not better. He would be a solid 4 year player and could really develop into one of those tough guards Cal loves. Good kid who works hard.