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Dominique Hawkins scores 25 with Cal watching


Dominique Hawkins scored 25 points off 11-17 shooting in Madison Central’s win over Wayne County earlier this afternoon. Who was sitting courtside taking in all the action? John Calipari, his son Brad, Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua. After the game, Hawkins answered questions from local reporters.

Hawkins said he didn’t realize that Cal and the staff were in the stands (his cousin, Marquis Estill said it was a possibility), but said it was an honor: “For them even to be here to watch us, it’s an honor. I hope they come again.” Hawkins told reporters he feels confident he could play at UK as a quality backup. When asked about playing with the Harrison Twins, Hawkins said it would definitely improve his game: “Even if I’m a backup I know I’d still be pushed hard in practice and get even better.”

Western Kentucky’s Ray Harper was also in stands, and has already offered Hawkins a spot. What if Kentucky, which Hawkins called a “dream school,” offered him a spot? “It would be really hard to turn down.”

Hawkins and Madison Central play the winner of Homes-PRP Friday at noon.

(H/t to Steve Jones, Ben Roberts, and Steve Moss for the quotes)

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28 Comments for Dominique Hawkins scores 25 with Cal watching

  1. Han
    2:32 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    The question is if he’d take a preferred walk-on spot at UK over a schollie from WKU

  2. Gandalf the Blue
    2:43 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    1) I wonder if Hood could go back in time whether or not he would choose to play at Murray or WKU. I can’t say I’d blame Hawkins for choosing a scholarship at WKU over walking on here if that’s what he does

  3. Han
    2:52 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    2) Yeah, you have to decide if you want to play more versus hoping to earn a spot in the rotation against very talented competition. And there’s also a financial factor for most of us. Free/partial ride at another school or paying your way at UK (grants, loans, etc).

  4. JustSayin
    2:57 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Sign the kid. A quality backup for four years that takes direction and thinks team first. I’m sold. I’d make sure he understood that he may get recruited over every year and that he was okay with that.

  5. MCHS Grad
    2:58 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to see Hawkins at UK if we had the space for him. Central has given UK Marquis Estill and Larry Warford already. Not bad company to be in.

  6. SexnNursinHomes
    2:58 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    3- Cal usually never uses all schollys. Bet Hawkins could end up on a scholly before he graduates.

    We need him.

  7. Roland
    3:04 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    If you want more than a 1 and done?
    Get A raised in Kentucky basketball playing kid.
    He might surprise you.

  8. Rambo
    3:08 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Just the name alone warrants an offer! Dominque Hawkins! “The Hawk”

  9. Duuuuuude
    3:10 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t say that I know the kid, but my first impression is that he is a high character person…..the kind of person that can make the locker room a good place to be. He might do it on the court as well, but I think he can help the team in other ways, especially if he has good grades.

  10. Justin
    3:13 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with #4 “JustSayin”…we need more of these non-1&done type players. This season is the perfect example. Besides, I think he’s good enough to earn a scholly down the road and contribute.

  11. Dr. Funke
    3:33 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance this kid gets a scholly offer from uk? I mean Polson, mays, and Twany should be freeing up a schollies, also nerlens, goodwin, wcs, poythress, and harrow could all be gone. Even though I think some will come back, thats alot of open spots for next year.

  12. Han
    3:37 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    6) Entirely possible. But for next year, Polson would get priority, I’d think, out of loyalty.

    As it stands, we have 6 scholarship recruits, recruiting presumably Wiggins and Randle/Gordon (potentially 8 new players), and it’s commonly expected both Hood and Wiltjer will return (10 scholarships). That leaves 3 for any combination of Harrow (rumors he wants to move on so as not to ride bench behind Harrison), Noel (almost no chance), WCS (almost no chance), Poythress (not a big chance), Goodwin (almost no chance), and Polson (preferred Walkon).

    I could see him getting preferred Walkon and having a schollie this year (don’t know of any likely Stokes-type mid-seasons to save for), but giving him a 4-year scholarship is unlikely.

    10) Reliable bench players who can compete to start later on is never a bad thing. But we are bringing in as many as 8 other scholarship players next year (mostly 1-and-done, though Willis will be multi-year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Lee does more than a year).

  13. BrucePearl'sSquirrel
    3:37 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    UK needs kids like this on the roster. Proof?? This season.

  14. Han
    3:39 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    11) Polson is a preferred walkon Junior this year. Mays graduates, and I think Beckham will be done (a shame he’s been hurt).

    Harrow’s a question mark depending on his own desires and if he gets hot here in March. If Cal can get both, he takes both Randle and Wiggins, which puts us at 10 if both Hood and Wiltjer return. Then 3 for any additional returners (Harrow or any of the 4 frosh) and preferred walkon Polson. I think Cal would like to give it to Polson again over a new frosh, but Hawkins could certainly merit a preferred walkon like Polson.

  15. Han
    3:40 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    13) You can always use a kid with spirit on your team. Proof? Ravi Moss.

  16. homie homes
    4:04 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    #12 maybe I misunderstand your comment, but you do realize there is no such thing as a 4 year scholarship don’t you? EVERYBODY is on a 1 year schollie,and that’s the only commitment a school has to make to an athlete.

    #14 (and others) please explain to me the difference between a “preferred walk on” and a plain old “walk on”. Does the preferred walk on get a better seat on the plane or the bench? Better meals? Cookies from Ellen Calipari? Lol

  17. Real deal
    4:13 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    He is only 6-0 but plays ways bigger because of his long arms. Would be a great piece to the team in a couple years

  18. STEVE!
    4:17 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a nice gesture, but would the kid ever play? He would be behind at least Harrison and Polson next year, and behind Harrow for two years if he returns. I’m sure we’ll also sign a Top 5 point guard next year, too. Maybe Cal is just trying to stick it to Pitino again.

  19. Jimi
    6:28 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    A flat out, standard walk-on is a student that has been admitted to the school, the coaches have no idea about and he simply wants to try out for the team.

    This is a very common anecdote for a coach with a Long Snapper, as they know the full rides are few and far between. A Preferred Walk-On is an athlete that IS recruited by the school and is offered a spot on the team. Usually they are told and/or it is known, that the athlete will be placed on full scholarship as soon as he starts. The Preferred Walk-On will, depending on the team, get treated exactly like a full scholarship athlete but they just don’t get things (books, food, dorm, school, etc) paid for.

  20. Homie homes
    6:34 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    #19 thanks. So basically the only difference is a promise that a coach doesn’t even have to keep if he recruits enough better players. Lol, thanks for confirming tat the term “preferred walk on” is overblown and overused!

  21. Homie homes
    6:35 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Lol, a coach with a long snapper? Bet he gets all the chicks.

  22. Jimi
    6:40 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I believe it was from a Football article, but the definition still applies.

  23. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    6:40 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    This sets up a great point guard matchup on Friday…Hawkins vs. Holmes left-handed PG “Beetle” Bolden !! Can’t wait !

  24. Han
    9:13 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    16) You can pull a schollie, but once you do, they’re gonna have to go. People can switch back and forth schollie to walkon, as I understand it. And pulling schollies is something that mainly happens when new coaches come in or when there’s off-the-court issues. Yes, people sometimes get the message and transfer, but generally, if you offer someone a scholarship, you’re doing it for 4 years (unless you believe they’re 1- or 2-and-done

    Preferred walk-on means that if a scholarship is available, you can have it, but the next year, you go back to walk-on. It may be that you can come on and off schollie regardless and there’s no actual rule for walkons like that, but it’s not commonplace for someone to be recruited as a scholarship player, use the schollie for a year, and then come off it.

  25. rc
    9:15 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    I have been watching Hawkins play and he is a very solid player. Would definitely be playing for us this year. Next year obviously not so much, but would still be nice to have for four years. He is an explosive athlete, can dominate when necessary, and has very good feel for the game. My guess is that much higher level offers will be coming after this weekend – not sure he takes a walk on at UK.

  26. Han
    9:15 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    Apparently preferred walkon just means the coach is promising you a roster spot, which is probably more significant in football than basketball. (Compare it to Lanter, who was walking on for practice purposes and Cal eventually let him suit up when it became apparent Twanny was having back problems.)

  27. Han
    9:16 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    25) He’d be competing against a senior Polson for minutes, assuming Harrison stays healthy, doesn’t get in trouble, and stays out of foul trouble/isn’t a hothead who gets double-t’d up frequently.

  28. Homie homes
    9:28 pm March 6, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA rule says only that the schollie must be for one academic year. Yes, generally the recruit and coach anticipate a 4 year stay, but all I’m saying is the school only has to abide by the one year, regardless of what was expected. D-1 schools must notify every athlete by July 1st if their schollie is going to be renewed, so if they wanted to kick a kid out, they can for any reason. Granted, the school would get a bad rep by doing that regularly. What do u think Cal did with AJ Stewart and Matt Pilgrim? Yanked schollie