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Dominique Hawkins: “We’re Like Superheroes”



Dominique Hawkins isn’t underselling his teammates, not by a long shot. In an interview with Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal after the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star game, Hawkins described the warlike practice battles we’ve been expecting from this year’s competitive batch.


Julius Randle and Alex Poythress? Check.

It’s intense. The way they’re going at each other, it’s gonna make them better. I compared them to Kobe and LeBron. You could just see it. And they don’t talk stuff; they just go after it.


Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein? Double check.

“Dakari and Willie, they’ve had good battles,” Hawkins said. “They bang inside together. Dakari is not slow, like some people say. His quickness will shock you for how big he is.”


As a whole, the group has “crazy talent” according to Hawkins. “Talent I can’t really describe. I want to say the talent, we’re like superheroes.” 


While the team is still waiting on the Harrisons and Young to arrive on campus for the first time, they’ve got something to keep them occupied: Wildcat Code, a points-based rewards system that players will follow to achieve access to the locker room, a single dorm room, and eventually, their jersey. Players get points for excellence in the classroom (sitting in the front, showing the teacher their notes at the end of class) and giving 110% in workouts and practices. The highest scorer so far? Willie Cauley-Stein, with 23 on the board.


Here’s my guesses at other things that players can receive points for: 

Last man standing in dodgeball: +2

Performing slam poetry at Common Grounds open mic night: +4 (hence, Willie’s early lead)

Remembering to return Tupperware to the team kitchen: +1

Correctly dropping Cal-isms (“magic wand,” “pooping ice cream”) into everyday conversation: +2

Beating Brad Calipari at NBA 2k14: -3 points

Hitting 10,000 followers on Twitter: +3

Complimenting Ellen on her brownies: +1

Practicing their Big Blue Madness introduction dance daily: +1

Playing Yahtzee with Coach Stoops: +4

Correctly identifying the Harrison twins without use of jersey numbers: +2

Calling this site KSR instead of KRS: +3

Defeating college kids at the blue courts by at least forty points: +2


Your turn.



Article written by Kristen Geil

17 Comments for Dominique Hawkins: “We’re Like Superheroes”

  1. ukfan
    5:50 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    I think poythress is gonna have a monster season.. so glad he decided to stick around

  2. Bozick
    5:55 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Pointless is an NIT clown and Hawkinns just got drilled by Indiana All-Stars

  3. Siva juice
    6:01 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    them twins are not coming…they should have been there already

  4. Derp
    6:06 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    It seems as though all Tards fans are equally stupid. 2&3^^^ but that is to be expected

  5. Mike
    6:07 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Would love if someone could get a video of these battles on the court.

  6. Derp
    6:07 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    I mean… 3 did start his sentence with “them”. Fuggin moron

  7. Derp
    6:08 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    5… Mike, let me guess… You don’t believe Hawkins

  8. Mike
    6:11 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    @7 Nah. I just wanna see them. I’m psyched.

  9. Mo Ziz
    6:12 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Being fokkin humble people…..40 years in a desert is a long time.

  10. schwing
    6:15 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    let’s try to pretend that the whole dodgeball thing never happened.

  11. SCCat
    6:36 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    @ 3 They just had their HS graduation,we all know you and everybody hoping for a no show.

  12. Bowel Movement
    9:36 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hawkins and Willis will help Hood clean the uniforms.

  13. Bowel Movement is
    10:05 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    … just another name for Turd.

  14. YSR2KSR
    10:36 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    beating rondo at connect four 4 points and his nba champ ring

  15. NostraDanis
    11:52 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Pretending to “jam” to Soul Sister in the locker room. +2

  16. CatDaddy
    12:04 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Take a picture with the statue of Joe B. (you must sit in the middle and have the real Joe B on your left). +5

  17. CrazyCatLady
    2:44 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Post a picture of self while eating Orange Leaf- +2