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Dominique Hawkins and James Bolden Highlight this Afternoon’s Games at Rupp

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This afternoon’s opening session of the KHSAA Sweet 16 features two of the state’s top players that you should be keeping an eye on. The opening game tips off right now (at noon), and features Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins. We’ve talked a lot about Hawkins here at KSR, a senior and Kentucky Mr. Basketball candidate. Orlando Antigua has visited at least one of his practices and he is the cousin of Marquis Estill. Hawkins has already been offered a preferred walk-on spot at Louisville, but he says that Kentucky is his dream school. He has been already offered a scholarship at Morehead State, Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech and there’s been some interest from Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas among others.

Shortly after Dominique Hawkins and Madison Central take on Wayne County, Holmes will face Pleasure Ridge Park to wrap up today’s afternoon session at Rupp. A guy you should start paying attention to in this game is Holmes SOPHOMORE guard James Bolden (no known relation to William, aka Stone Cold Willow), who has already been offered a scholarship at Xavier. Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky and Ohio have also been involved in his recruitment. Bolden is a little on the short side, but keep in mind he’s a sophomore and has some time to grow. Bolden has developed a nice floater which allows him to shoot over taller defenders, and if he were to have a growth spurt he could become a very coveted recruit. Is Bolden good enough to possibly play at Kentucky in the future? Judge for yourselves:



If Madison Central and Holmes each advance, Hawkins and Bolden will face off against each other tomorrow at noon. In the past, the state tournament has been the same week as the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Since that is not the case this year, I would expect a number of Division I college coaches to be in attendance throughout the week.

As we predicted, John Calipari, Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua are courtside at Rupp to watch Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

14 Comments for Dominique Hawkins and James Bolden Highlight this Afternoon’s Games at Rupp

  1. NotSoFast
    12:05 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Growth Spurt = Possible Offer, No Growth Spurt = Walk On

  2. The Gambler
    12:12 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

  3. no sh&*
    12:12 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    2) they’ve been talking about that since yesterday…

  4. HA!!
    12:13 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    3) I THINK you meant streaming online, but steaming is MUCH funnier

  5. HMS
    12:16 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bolden is a very good guard who does it all for this years Holmes team. Watch out for Holmes Bolden’s senior year, the freshman class they got in their now is the best class they have ever had at Holmes! And this is coming from several staff and admin that’s been there over 30years.

  6. NKYGuy
    12:18 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bolden is already 17, not sure he will grow much more. However, if he hits the weights hard he could play for a high major school.

  7. NKY Baller
    12:26 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bolden really does have the potential to be a top 50 recruit down the road. Great handles and a big time clutch player.

  8. Sittin' Bull
    12:38 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    They would play Friday at noon, not Thursday, if both win…But dont put Holmes there yet!

  9. rmip
    1:26 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    How tall is he?

  10. pioneer
    1:50 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Solid player and will be nationally ranked next year. he is already 17, but he has no elegibiliy issues. He will need a growth spurt or to get into the weight room if he wants an offer from JC. He will likely gain momentum in that area if he can go on a run in the state tourney. PS Cal, KP and Coach O were all at the Madison Central vs Wayne Co game that just finished checkin in on Dom Hawkins.

  11. donjuan
    1:59 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Purdue coaches watched him a couple weeks ago against Beechwood. Per tweet from Evan Daniels a couple weeks ago

    “Evan Daniels ‏@EvanDanielsFOX
    One of best in state RT @dyaste: Purdue will check out 2015 Holmes PG James Bolden tonight. Holmes takes on Beechwood.”

  12. General Storm
    5:48 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bolden can definitely play at UK.

  13. BigBlueFan
    7:34 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve seen the kid play twice and he is a freak, extremely good. He was making shots that reminded me of Kemba Walker. This guy will be a top 25 recruit when he is a senior. And his Facebook page says that he wants to attend UK. Come on down?