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Dominique Hawkins Had Himself a Day

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As Mrs. Tyler noted earlier, Cal & Orlando Antigua were in attendance at the Sweet 16 today to watch Dominique Hawkins and his Madison Central team take on Covington Holmes.  If they were looking for entertainment, they were not disappointed. They even got some free basketball as the game went to overtime after being tied 52-52 at the end of regulation.  Madison Central would eventually edge Covington Holmes 65-61 in OT, but not before a couple of monster games were put in the books by the stars of the two respective teams. 

Hawkins got off to a bad shooting start (1 for 9), but fought back to finish regulation play with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He went on to score 5 more in overtime to finish with 31 points and 12 rebounds.  Covington Holmes sophomore Beetle Bolden was not to be outdone, though. He scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Those, my friends, are what I like to call Gentlemen’s games.

Dominique Hawkins has got to be flying high right about now. Its got to be a great feeling to score 31 points in Rupp and lead your team to an overtime victory in the Sweet 16. But it’s got to be the greatest feeling to do it in front of Coach Cal.  Good luck to Dominique and his Madison Central team the rest of the way. If you’re at the Sweet 16 and see my Meemaw, tell her I said hello and I’ll see her next week.

Now carry on with your Wednesday.


UPDATE: It is in fact Friday, not Wednesday. Is it 5:00 yet?

Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

35 Comments for Dominique Hawkins Had Himself a Day

  1. AnotherKYLegend
    2:16 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I bet he is excited, but KY basketball is not top tier high school basketball that puts out “super talent” Jon Hood was a KY high school superstar, so was Darius Miller and Scotty Hopson. Not many home-grown Kentucky guys in the league.

  2. f that
    2:16 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink


  3. why not
    2:27 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    we need to seriously offer this kid.. Nothing will be lost from doing it. He will be here for 4 years and be happy about it every single day.

  4. makeoffer
    2:29 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    make offer. much rather see them than the 5*s on uk team now

  5. beau
    2:30 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I really hope Cal offers this kid a spot. It doesn’t appear he is interested in walking on, so hopefully we can find a scholly for him somewhere.

  6. Richie Farmer
    2:30 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game thanks to all you tax payers 🙂 I’m still loved by many and god bless used car salesmen .

  7. UKfanNKY
    2:32 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hawkins and Bolden both had GREAT games hard to believe Bolden (Beetle) is only a sophmore. Hey #1 “super Talent” don’t mean crap have you watched KY’s “super Talent” players this yr. ? It’s all in the heart!!! GO CATS!!!

  8. Bob
    2:35 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care how many points he scores… what was his shooting % from the field? What was his FT%?

    Anyone can score a lot of points if you take enough shots. *cough* Archie *cough*

  9. Steve
    2:35 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Flener, it’s Friday not Wednesday!

  10. @8
    2:37 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I know he was 8-11 at the free throw line for the game not sure on the shooting percentage though

  11. GoodChicken
    2:38 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #1 dont forget Darius was they key to last years season! As far as Jon Hood goes.. well he plays with more effort than almost everyone on the team. I’d love for Kentucky to grab this kid, but for the sake of wiggins or randles spot it wouldnt be a possibility. Now if wiggins or randle chooses not to come here send him an offer! Its a future investment and the only other likely option I see happening is someone choosing to transfer after this season. (which I would’nt like to see honestly)

  12. RaleighCat
    2:47 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Can we offer him and he play tomorrow?

  13. buzzard
    2:47 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    we could have used Sheldon Mack who played for Butler. what about Chris Lofton? you can’t measure heart and desire. the kids on our team this year have talent, but don’t seen to have the fire that makes them winners.

  14. transfers
    2:55 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    we don’t want to get in the habit of throwing around talk of transfers/transferred/tranferring. might as well take it out of the vocabulary, cause it hurts the program and can potentially keep a team out of the tournament (if it happens enough). its factored into the APR score.

  15. Transfer
    2:56 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Take away Harrows scholarship next year and give it to this kid. Problem solved – and I bet this kid is coachable.

  16. transfers
    2:58 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    i’m 97% confident that a team IS NOT penalized for a guy going to the NBA draft, but it isn’t good to have a scholarship revoked or to have a guy transfer. When those add up over a period of 4 or 5 years, you get “Huskied”. (ie- worthless season with no chance at tournament or championship) that would be an awful existence for a season.

  17. Rty
    3:05 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Will Cal meet the media today?

  18. Rockfield, KY
    3:13 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched both his state games online. He is the real deal on the court. 6’1″, really strong, super athletic, makes good decisions, scores a lot while still involving his teammates, plays in your face on defense, forces turnovers, and hit crucial free throws. Right now I’d let him play over Harrow based solely on how hard he goes the entire game. He’s one of those kids you know you wouldn’t want to pick a fight with either. He sold me today.

  19. sign up KY
    3:21 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Please sign this guy up. We need some quality four year players who will play for the name on the front of the jersey and actually give effort in games.

    I’m sick of these “wannabe” 5-star prima donnas that are only focused on the NBA.

  20. No thanks
    3:23 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    We already have one tampon on the team and I don’t think Harrow will like sharing.

  21. Ernie Banks 3rd cousin
    3:26 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    First of all.. I don’t think John Hood was a high school superstar..or was considered as such
    That being said.. Sign this kid.. He wants to be here, has since he was in diapers. Won’t be 1 and done (and wouldn’t be if he could).. I’m over Alex Poythress and crazy legs Goodwin

  22. Aaron Flener
    3:28 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Steve, I must say, you make a great point.

  23. StatBuster
    3:32 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    #8 – Maybe you should look it up on this thing we call the internet. The kid has shot over 50% for the season. Not to mention, willed his team to victory MANY times. He single handedly won the regional championship against Henry Clay. This kid is the real deal.

  24. StatBuster
    3:32 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    80% from the FT line on the year

  25. STEVE!
    3:41 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    We need kids like this to at least fill out the roster with legitimate players that can push the starters in practice. I don’t see how our top six this year could have ever improved in practice or felt challenged by going up against guys like Polson, Malone, Lanter, and Long on a daily basis. If I have one complaint about Cal, it’s him giving out UK jerseys and places on the team to his friends’ sons.

  26. blind as bat, you are
    4:07 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    19 SIGN UP KY: Sorry, but you are an idiot. i’m sure you were sick to your stomach over the 5-star players that helped hoist the trophy 11 months ago! Recruiting, like 99% of life, isn’t an exact science. I’d take my chances with 5-star players that hundreds of evaluators and other top program coaches also love and want; than a bunch of guys that also have offers from Western Kentucky! some of you are idiots, and i’m scared to be sharing the roads with you (assuming you have driver licenses)

  27. real deal
    4:14 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Beatle looks like the real deal, kid is only a soph. But he will go to x where he can play and not be recruited over

  28. Bob
    4:16 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Mr. StatBuster,

    Thank you for providing a link to stats current as of March 5. A quick check of the calendar reveals today to be March 8 and as such, stats for today’s game are not available. Additionally, given that I posted that comment less than an hour after the game, I would be shocked if stats were available (and searchable via Google) in that time.

    Since Aaron had access to total points, and points at various points during the game, I assumed he might have overall shooting stats for the game. He did say (1 for 9) to start.

    Lastly, I’m interested in how he got to 31 points in a game where he started 1 for 9. 8 for 11 from FT is good.

    Next time, please try to be helpful instead of failing miserably at being funny or snarky. But, keep your chin up… you are definitely successful at being a miserable dickhead.


  29. sign up, please sign off
    4:24 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    “We need some quality four year players who will play for the name on the front of the jersey” – please explain the scientific way you want to find these players. You seem to have recruiting players down pat…its like a gift that came to you from the sky. Do you have a cure for every player in D1, with all your knowledge? How can Southerland (5th yr senior) and Wiltjer make their 3s, how can you teach pressey (a Top Division 1 point guard) not to turn the ball over at the end of games, and can you get crazy talented and effort guys like shabazz to not sulk after their team wins….you seem to have all the answers. What about the other 4,400 division one players…do you know which ten you want and how to get them? Fact is, None of those players are as perfect as you ridiculous fans want them. (speaking to SIGN UP KY)

  30. HellofromTexas
    4:31 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    #25 STEVE! hit it on the head for this year’s team…practice has been a one on none feast for the starting rotation all year long. UK does need talented 5* players and hope Cal keeps bringing them in by the truck load but a decent bench with quality role players would be a huge upgrade on the current bench not to mention the ability to be challenged in practice.

    Several 3 or 4 star kids every other year would be nice…never know, they might become a starter and huge player for the program. I know Cal doesn’t offer them because they will be recruited over and most wont accept becuase of playing time but I’d have to think there are some out there that would jump at the opportunity to go up against some of the top talent every day in practice and work to steal minutes during games.

  31. Jerry
    5:00 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    @ Bob (28) – for the sake of argument, let’s stipulate that Hawkins didn’t play on the 6th or 7th, because I don’t feel like trying to find those stats if he did. At 52.3% for the season (216/413) and a 1-9 start today, he was 217/422 at the time Aaron posted the 1-9 stat. That’s 51.42%. To fall below 50% for the season, he would have needed to miss his next 13 shots, for a 1-22 start to the game (i.e. 217/435 on the season).

    Let’s also stipulate that his free throws attempted/field goals attempted ratio remained approximately the same for this game as it did for the season (i.e. 220 FTs / 413 FGs = 53.2%).

    Let’s also stipulate that the ratio of his points scored on free throws (i.e. free throws made / total points) stayed approximately the same. For the year, he made 163 free throws and scored 648 points, so that ratio is a little over 25%. That means of his points today, he got about 8 on free throws (confirmed by your post above), leaving 23 points left. Assume the 1 in his 1-9 start was not a 3, for the sake of discussion (but not without foundation, as his stats for the year indicate that a 2-point basket was significantly more likely).

    For him to get 31 points and start 1-22 from the field, he would have needed to score 21 points from the field AFTER that 22nd miss but maintain a percentage for the game that didn’t push him back above 50%. Even assuming he scored 21 points on the minimum number of field goals, he made 7 threes (again, unlikely given his history), and to stay below 50% percent he can’t have made more than he missed (i.e. at least 14 more shots).

    In sum, for Hawkins to have slipped below 50% for the year, as you seem to think is possible based on your above post, he shot 8-36 from the field, at best. Obviously I don’t have the game stats, or this would be a much simpler discussion – but do you really think he took 36 shots – missing 24 of them – and the team still scored 65 points?

  32. Acd
    5:07 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    21 – he did say that if he could be a one and done, he would

  33. Ndo
    5:27 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Was at the games today. Hawkins is a very good hs bball player but doesn’t strike me as a great pure point guard. A lot of his buckets come from overpowering hs defenders or elevating over them. That won’t happen near as much in college. He also isn’t even their primary ball handler. Bolden is an absolute stud though. Over dribbles at time but runs the offense like a seasoned vet, has a nice jumper (with plenty range), has ball on a string dribbling and his basketball savvy is through the roof for a soph. in hs. I hope coach cal keeps this one in state.

  34. you people are craaaazy
    5:33 pm March 8, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you “older generation” fans really need to understand (if you don’t already), that nearly EVERY SINGLE PLAYER being recruiting by a top echelon D-1 team has the thought they can be one-and-done. Doesn’t matter what color they are, what socio-economic background they come from; they all think if they are studs their freshman year, they can be the next great NBA player, immmediately. Thats the world we live in. Now, do you want to go back to the days of the 3-star Tubby recruits (mind you…an EVEN HIGHER PERCENTAGE of 3-star guys don’t pan out, I can list them if you want), or do you want the most exceptional 5-star talent that is more likely to achieve faster, thus sending them to the NBA sooner. If you give me that choice, I’m taking the batch of 5-star guys every day of the week and twice on Sunday. (Now If you want to sit around in a dreamland that has the absolute best college players that ARE NOT in a rush to the NBA, than I can only hope you are ready for lots of disappointment in today’s college basketball landscape.)

  35. Bob
    8:02 am March 9, 2013 Permalink

    All I want to know is his makes and attempts in THIS game. No wonder KY has some of the least educated people in the country!