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Dominique Hawkins won’t come to UK without a scholarship offer


According to the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts, Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins and his coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. met with John Calipari and Orlando Antigua yesterday for twenty to thirty minutes to discuss UK’s interest in the talented guard. Feldhaus told Roberts that Hawkins will not walk-on at any school, so if UK wants him, they will have to offer him a scholarship.

When asked what that meant for Hawkins’ possible future at UK, Felhaus said “We’re not going to do anything until we know for sure what they’re going to do. Put it that way.”

Hawkins currently has scholarship offers from South Carolina, Florida International, Morehead State, Murray State, Wright State and Western Kentucky.

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78 Comments for Dominique Hawkins won’t come to UK without a scholarship offer

  1. Wagon Will
    5:13 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’d love to have him, but we may not have an extra scholly. He’ll have to wait to see what shakes out.

  2. shelbyjoe
    5:19 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t blame him for that – why in the world would you walk on if you go for free to another D1 school? Unless your family is wealthy of course.
    Personally, I think Cal belives Harrow will transfer again – I believe this is the reason for the interest in Hawkins. I don’t think Ryan wants to sit behind the Harrisons next year.

  3. Rockfield, KY
    5:20 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    He’ll end up going to South Carolina and continue the trend of Ky kids getting passed up and going to another SEC school and becoming their best player (Lofton, Hickey)

  4. crazycatfan
    5:24 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmmm … A Big Blue Fan all his life, but won’t accept a slot at Kentucky without a scholarship??? Sounds like he needs to have a conversation with Polson.

  5. ThankfulCat
    5:24 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Then offer him one

  6. ACD
    5:27 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    4) I don’t think Polson had the same types of offers as Hawkins, and don’t forget that not every family can afford to pay for college tuition when scholarships are being offered.

  7. Tylr
    5:27 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’m still really bitter about not getting Lofton, so I’m really hoping this kid comes to Kentucky. I think we should go ahead and offer him a scholly.

    If Long and Malone don’t have their scholarships renewed, twany and mays graduating, Nerlens gone for sure, almost definitely poythress and Goodwin are gone, and at least one of WCS and harrow are gone, probably both, that means 8-9 available scholarships for next year. We already have 5 committed, plus I’m guessing we’ll only get one of randle/wiggins/gordon. That infinite finitely leaves room for a Hawkins scholarship. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  8. yarpi
    5:27 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Give him the dang schollie! Worth every bit of it

  9. UK
    5:28 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    None of us know his family situation. Can’t blame a kid who can’t afford to pay his way for taking a full ride at another D1 school. Leave him be and let him go with whatever is best for him and his family.

  10. I would, but...
    5:29 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    7) I’d correct you if I knew what that second to last sentence meant.

  11. Hmm..
    5:31 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Just for the sake of argument… Maybe we wants a schollie because he wants to know the school he commits to really wants him. Just like we want him to come to UK as a walk-on to show he really wants us.

  12. c mills
    5:34 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    13 schollys a year


    There’s 17 people who get a scholarship before him if they are on campus next year (Polson would go back to walk on if they run out of scholarships). What are the odds 5 of them aren’t there to open up a spot for Hawkins? I’d say pretty at worst 50/50.

  13. UK Freshmen
    5:34 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Whoopsie. Look who’s doled out too many schollies.

  14. #4, what #6 said
    5:35 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Polson situation different. Cost nearly $10k a year to attend UK for in state students and that doesn’t include books, food, etc

  15. Polson Rocks
    5:36 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Some are already talking of pulling Polson’s scholy for Randle of somebody else! Even with all the work he has put in plus he has produced on the court. What makes something this kid is better then Polson?
    Too those who act like Polson was some scrub high school player go check his stats, he was a player in high school!

  16. J-Huh
    5:37 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Good for him.

  17. Cal
    5:38 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Of those of you yelling to give him the scholly, do you want to pull the offer from Wiggins or Randle? We are in good shape now. However, if our current players decide to stay, we can’t afford to offer any more scholarships.

  18. Polson Rocks
    5:38 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Just one more thing to think of. Estill was is best walk on ever at UK and who was his high school coach!

  19. Linda Taylor
    5:40 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    7 – 5 already committed?

    Harrison, Harrison, Young, Lee, Johnson, Willis = 6 already committed (you did ask for corrections).

    Matt has said he’s pretty sure we get Randle.

  20. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:40 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    The truth is, UK will have to wait to see what the remaining recruits do before they can offer Hawkins. The available scholarship will depend on how many of them commit and how many current players leave.

    Can’t blame Hawkins for not wanting to pay $40,000+ that he wouldn’t have to elsewhere.

  21. The Word
    5:44 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck at SC.

  22. Polson Rocks
    5:46 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    After what Polson has done at UK if he is asked to give up his ride for Hawkins it would be a travesty. Hawkins isn’t even a top 10 in state player.

  23. Linda Taylor
    5:47 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    15 – I don’t think we need to worry about Polson. He is already graduating this semester. I’m sure if he wanted to stay for his final year of eligibility his grades are so good that he probably could get a great academic scholarship to grad school or to finish a second degree in another major.

  24. HoldUp
    5:48 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Malone has a scholorship, and Long?

  25. Spenser
    5:49 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t blame the guy either, but I don’t see how this is an issue? Are we really expecting to get 2 of the following: Randle, Wiggins, Gordon? While also retaining Noel, WCS, Poythress, Goodwin, Harrow (transfer?), Wiltjer (transfer?) ? I think there will be room for him

    Question: What do you all think about possible redshirts next year? I think Willis definitely should, and maybe Hawkins if he comes here.

  26. Polson Rocks
    5:49 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    20) I don’t know this kids family financial status, but if it’s low he can go to school on financial aid. Hell most kids with good grades come out with money left over after books and room and board. I know because I’m one, I get $900 a semester after every thing is payed!

  27. mudcreekmark
    5:50 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    If Noel, WCS, Goodwin and Poythress all are projected first rounders after the season, we’ll have plenty of schollys to offer.

  28. DoYourHomework
    5:53 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    18 – Estill was not originally a walk-on. He relinquished his scholarship following his Junior year to make room for recruits.,1846318

    Saying he is the greatest walk on ever is pushing it. Ravi Moss would certainly be my choice. Followed by Cameron Mills, Jarrod Polson and Steve Maciello.

  29. Han
    5:53 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    In other words, no offer unless Harrow says he’s leaving.

    Fact is we have 6 committed, 2 more have schollies waiting (Randle and Wiggins). That leaves 5 schollies among Wiltjer, Harrow, Hood, Poythress, Goodwin, WCS, Noel, not to mention Polson or other walkons. Most of us assume Wiltjer is back. Hood may return or may move on (he can transfer and play immediately using the grad student rule if he wants). Harrow may want to go or may come back. If all 3 of them, that’s 2 schollies available to our 4 frosh if any return, a new point guard like Hawkins, or Polson or another walkon if the schollie’s still free.

    17) Yup. I’d rather let one of our shooting guards handle backup point than risk losing Wiggins or Randle, or telling Poythress or WCS or Noel or, yes, Archie, they can’t come back.

    3) People always list the ones that got away, yet how often do people acknowledge the Carters, Carriers, and Stocktons who ride the bench here? (Stockton only played as much as he did because Tubby was trying to control Rondo.)

    In hindsight, yes, you wish you get the Loftons, but sometimes they aren’t as good in high school as they become on a college team somewhere else.

  30. idiot
    5:53 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    7 you are an idiot.. and as far as not getting lofton who would you have given up for him??? RONDO??? if so you are dumber than I thought.

  31. what??
    5:54 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    22- it’s obvious you have a crush on Polson and he was a good player in high school and has contributed, out of necessity, this year. But you obviously don:t know anything about Hawkins, he is one of if not the favorite to win Mr Basketball this year. Far better than that bum Willis who already has taken a scholly

  32. Polson Rocks
    5:56 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    23) missing the point. No way should it even be considered to give a scholarship to Hawkins before Polson. To be blunt Hawkins isn’t good enough to play at UK! He isn’t even the top player in his own region. I get he’s a Kentucky boy but hell Shane Hall is twice the player he is!

  33. Eric K
    5:56 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    No matter how it works out, BBN we are in pretty damn good shape! IN CAL WE TRUST!! GO CATS!!

  34. cgivens21
    5:58 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hope he ends up at UK or Murray State.

  35. Cawood's lil buddy
    5:59 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    #26) i’m curious, what kind of grades do you have to make in order to get a deal like that (3.75-4.0)?

  36. UK FAN
    5:59 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Noel, Goodwin is gone. Prob. just get 1 out of 3 Randle, Wiggins, Gordon. My guess Randle…. Thats 13 and even WCS might go in this weak draft and who knows about Harrow

  37. Han
    6:02 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    27) Noel is a top 5 pick if he wants to go, unless his doctor illegally tells some scouts his recovery is going poorly (not saying it can’t happen). WCS is a lottery pick right now. Goodwin has had good numbers, but his shooting has been crap, so I expect he’s a mid-to-late first rounder. Poythress is probably in the same boat on talent, but a lot of teams will hesitate to take a guy who doesn’t give his all playing at Kentucky under Cal. I think WCS and Archie go, Noel decides with his family and his heart, and Poythress decides if he wants to come back and work harder, or take his chances in the draft and move on.

    The bigger question to me is if Harrow returns to battle Andrew for minutes, if Hood returns to finish out a 4th year of eligibility, if Wiltjer returns and develops some, and if Polson returns, walkon or otherwise. Polson could decide to move on with his life since he’s graduating. If he goes back to walkon, I hope he returns for a chance at another title and for a Senior night, even if he barely plays next year.

    25) Most of us are hoping and expecting for both Randle and Wiggins, which puts us at 8 commits. Then we expect Wiltjer and Harrow and Hood to return, 11. Then we allow for 2 of Noel, WCS, Poythress and Goodwin to have schollies if they return. If all that happens and we still have a free schollie, do you give it to Polson again, the guy who’s worked his ass off for you for 3 years, or give it to the kid who’s had a great Sweet 16 run? That’s up to Cal.

    Cal usually leaves his schollies for best case scenario and will go into a season with a few free (given to walkons) rather than offer 4 year guys who may never do much/sit on the end of the bench. He may change, though, after this year’s problems. Last year’s shallow team had more experience than this one, and he needed more of a bench than he had to get into the heads of Goodwin, Poythress, Harrow, and even Wiltjer.

  38. Polson Rocks
    6:03 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    31) Obvious you haven’t watched Hawkins play he’s undersized for a SEC guard about 2 steps too slow to play at UK. people like you are the problem your always worried about the next guy instead of looking at what we have. Polson has competed against the SEC and highest caliber teams in the NCAA. You want to drop him for a guy who was SOS-so against KHAA compition. Hell I know tree 14th region teams Hawkins could not be the starting pg at.

  39. Polson Rocks
    6:05 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    35) Keep a 3.0

  40. Burr
    6:05 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    22. You clearly have not watched Hawkins play. Polson is at his peak now and Hawkins has potential to be the next D Miller type player. Are you saying you don’t want a Darius Miller

  41. Beavis's Barumba
    6:05 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    7. Where did you hear that Long and Malone are on scholarship????????????????????? Me thinketh you don’t know of what you speaketh.

  42. mudcreekmark
    6:07 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    28) Steve Masiello? You have to be kidding me. The human cigar was one of the best walk ons ever?

  43. roundaboutroute
    6:07 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    let him go somewhere else and transfer back to UK

  44. Han
    6:08 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    31) Stockton and Carrier (and maybe Carter) were all Mr. Kentucky basketball. Poythress is Mr. Tennessee (and in his flashes, it’s obvious why). Archie either was or should’ve been Mr. Arkansas, and he’s a scorer, but not as reliable as we’ve needed.

    Being Mr. Kentucky does not mean you will be a clear contributor at the SEC level. It might mean you develop into a mid-level starter by your 3rd or 4th year on a team with less talent, which is why a lot of those types of players can become hot stuff by tourney time for Directional School.

    35) There are a lot of factors. You have to be poor to get certain financial aid. Other schollies depend on your race or your community service. Others you just have to apply for. If you do well on the PSAT, you can be a National Merit Scholar and UK offers a full ride if you do the advanced program there/ (I had that offer and stupidly went to Transy to pay $20,000 a year. I also ended HS with like a 3.2 or something because I didn’t give a crap.)

    36) I am still expecting Cal gets both Randle and Wiggins. First decision is in about a week. We could end up with none of them, and if that happens, I think Cal encourages Poythress to return and prays Noel does. I know everyone assumes Noel goes as a financial decision, but the kid really does care about UK, and if he doesn’t want to start his NBA career rehabbing, but rather wants to come back to Lexington and be around friends and familiar surroundings another year, he can certainly choose to do it. It’s unlikely, but I actually think we have a better chance of him returning than WCS, honestly. Willie’s stock can only go down fighting against Johnson and Lee for playing time next year, while this year he continues to get exposure. The same goes for Goodwin, but Poythress may be able to get more minutes depending if we get Randle and Wiggins.

  45. Burr
    6:09 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Did Polsonrocks miss the sweet 16 this year? Hawkins put his team on his back and won state while average 26 points a game. Shane Hall is twice the player he is?!? Haha your an idiot!!!

  46. Eric K
    6:09 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    #41 they are on scholly, very one on team has got one! GO CATS!!

  47. Linda Taylor
    6:11 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    13 – With every post you make your low UL-loving intellect is on display. We actually have intelligent students on our team that easily qualify for academic scholarships. If we run out of athletic scholarships those kids can get academic scholarships to replace the athletic scholarships and become walk-ons.

  48. Han
    6:11 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    41) Apparently Cal put all 4 returning Walkons (not Lanter) on schollie because he had them to spare after Lamb and Teague declared. We have Noel, WCS, Wiltjer, Poythress, Goodwin, Mays, Hood, Harrow, Polson, Beckham, Malone, and Long (12, so even Lanter may have one).

    43) Does seem like that’s always a hope for some guys. Others just see it as an insult to not be offered, or they end up not wanting to sit out. (Most people don’t have a red shirt year or graduate in 3 like Mays to allow them to transfer as a grad student.)

  49. Cawood's lil buddy
    6:29 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks #26 & #44. I have a child going to UK and it’s financially difficult to pay 100% of everything (except for KEES money which pays about 10%). He graduated with a 3.43 in HS and didn’t test well for ACT (22 comprehensive). Unfortunately, he falls between the cracks because he’s not a great student (3.25 last semester)and we’re white, middle class so no financial aid coming our way! The system kind of sucks that way! Oh well, I’m glad your getting a good education #22. It will serve you well!GO CATS!!

  50. yevkazim
    6:35 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    How good is he really. I have not seen him play, only have seen that his team won state and he put up good numbers. When you look at the list of schools that are interested in him, its not exactly the who’s who of Division 1 schools. Would we want him if he were not Kentucky? I dont know enough about him to know if we should want him or not, looking for honest educated opinions. From what I have seen, he seems more like he is not a fit for Cal’s system. From what we have seen this year, Cal’s system requires a PG with some bulk to them. This can be seen how Harrow has gotten bounced around. Hawkins has a 6-1 170 frame, so his body type seems like Harrow somewhat. In fact, I believe he is ranked about where Harrow was coming out of high school. I’ll trust in whatever Cal does, but lets not get overworked here. This kid is not John Wall or Brandon Knight, or at least not yet.

  51. Dr. Funke
    6:40 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    28 – Dude your crazy… Estill was was not a walk on but he was way better then any of those guys you listed and its not even close! He had more points in his final season than Ravi Moss had in his entire career. Estill left early cause he thought he could make it in the NBA. He prolly could have too but if I remember correctly he missed an NBA workout that he was supposed to go to or something. Anyway he had a long career overseas, none of those other guys did.

  52. Random
    6:41 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Random replies to various posts:

    Somebody noted the less than stellar careers of KY Mr. Basketball’s Brandon Stockton, Josh Carrier, etc. well, the truth is they weren’t named mr. Basketball and THEN chose UK. It was more the other way around. They chose to come to UK and probably because of that, they were named Mr. Basketball.

    Hawkins is certainly at Top 10 ky HS player. He did in fact carry his team to the sweet 16 title. He is odds on favorite for Mr. Basketaball. He had a great game vs. the Harrison twins, so don’t say he can’t compete. Whoever said he is 2 steps slow vs. polson has not watched Polson get burned on defense. Love his effort, and he is more physical than Harrow, but I’m thinking Hawkins plays better D than Polson right now.

    Whoever thinks the majority of this year’s freshman class is coming back is delusional. Noel is gone, WCS is gone, and possibly Goodwin.

    Harrow is not going to transfer. He’s already burned his redshirt year, so why sit out another? He will be a reserve and just have to deal with 10-12 minutes/game

    Hope Cal gets away from a 7 man rotation and no bench. Truth is we have been lucky to only have Noel’s injury be the only significant one in Cal’s time here.

  53. Linda Taylor
    6:48 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    32 – I trust Cal’s opinion on whether a kid is a good basketball player over your opinion. If Cal thinks he is worth a scholarship and gives him one, so be it. Polson is a great kid and teammate but he is not an elite player. He makes up for what he lacks in physical gifts by having a great heart and intelligent play and I wish nothing but the best for him. As to who Cal decides to give a scholarship to, remember he may need to be looking to the future. Polson probably will sit on the bench the vast majority of the time next year barring injuries to our freshman stars. Polson would be the first to put his team’s needs ahead of his own ego and gladly accept an academic scholarship to help the future of his team. There should be great pride in accepting an academic scholarship, at least for most people.

  54. Rae
    6:48 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    49. I got full tuition, but not room and board. I graduated h.s. with a 4.0 and did the Governor’s School for the Arts program. I also had a 32 ACT. It is actually quite difficult to get everything paid at UK. It is more than just getting good grades, and especially more than getting a 3.0. It isn’t very easy to get everything paid. Then again, I came from a terrible high school and my dad made too much money for me to get grants but not enough to help me a whole lot.

    However, if it was a basketball player that got good grades, I’m sure Cal has pull. How are Polson’s grades?

  55. crazycatfan
    6:51 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    If he can’t afford it, I certainly get it. If it’s playing time, I don’t. Putting on a Wildcat uniform means a lot to a life-long Kentucky fan. Then there’s that championship ring!

  56. logic
    6:58 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    WCS, Archie, Poythress and Noel are all projected in the first round and are going to the league.

    Harrow is likely to transfer and Hawkins gets a scholly.

  57. MustangCat
    7:00 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Guys, if there is any way any of our freshmen go 1st round, they would need their head examined if they don’t go! Noel might be the only one projected to go 1st rd next year! That draft will be historic. All 4 should be solid 1st rd this kiss all 4 goodbye. Be surprised if Harrow comes back. Wiltjer is 50/50. Don’t think a schoolyard is the issue. I’d say the wait is the issue. I think we get Randle and Wiggins. Tho I’d rather have Wiggins and Gordon myself. But I’ll take Randle. The draft is not our friend this year, but for all the other reasons. We actually have some freshmen who wouldn’t go in a normal year!?! We could develop a bench! But, it ain’t gonna happen.

  58. Shawn
    7:10 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    This kid wins a state title and all of a sudden he thinks hes Andrew Wiggins. You dont wanna come to UK? Thats ok, because Jordan Majors who Is just as good as you will come to UK and guess what….he already has an academic scholarship to UK so they dont have to offer an athletic one. Just take Jordan Majors as a walk on and be done with It. Even If he stays 4 years he wont be as good as Darius Miller. So what are we really talking about here?

  59. Shaffer
    7:12 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Glad the kid had a great tournament. Understand his position. Wish him best of luck wherever he goes. But we are recruiting (and more often than not getting) the best players in the country. Would much rather have Randle and Wiggins. Kid needs to think about scholarships only being 1 year contracts. Be willing to bet if he walked on freshman year and worked his tail off he could get scholarship for last 3 years. Won’t be upset at all if he doesn’t end up at UK though.

  60. blitzedanddazed
    7:12 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    The boy has brass knockers. I hope he likes how he looks in a Morehead uniform !

  61. Shawn
    7:14 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Not to mention would Jon Hood freaking leave already!? Hes never going to be as good as he Is right now. Jon was one of the guys that should have seen the writing on the wall and transferred out but refused to leave and after this year will be overstaying his welcome.

  62. Shawn
    7:18 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    #52 I agree with you on everything except 1 minor detail. Goodwin Is definitely gone and WCS will be back to be drafted In the lottery next year. He will be the second big man taken In the draft after Randle next year and the first true center taken In the draft….of next year.

  63. Shaffer
    7:23 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Regarding scholarship situation. We have 5 signed plus Dakari committed. That is 6. I think we have Kyle, Alex, Willie, & Ryan back next year (w possibly Hood – could see him doing a reverse Mays and going to a lesser school for grad school and playing immediately). Polson back to walk on. That puts us using 10 scholarships. Think we get Randle and Wiggins so that would be 12. Now depending on Hood do u reward Polson with scholarship for senior year or give on to this kid who would be 4 year player in all likelihood? Tough call but we will be fine regardless

  64. ACD
    7:38 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    63 – are you forgetting Archie Goodwin or just assuming he leaves?

  65. oldschool
    7:46 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    I think the kid deserves a scholarship. Here’s a young man who loves UK and would likely be a four-year-player and this season has proved we need that type of player.

    Has Cal not learned what a guy like Darius Miller can mean as a veteran?

    If this young comes to Kentucky and plays little his first two years,but learns in practice, helps push the starters, and then can be a significant contributer his final year or two, or even a solid reserve off the bench – then in my opinion he has proven much more valuable than a kid who stays at UK for only a few months.

    This is a test for Cal. Has he learned anything at all this year?

  66. Shaffer
    8:18 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    @ 64 – assuming he leaves. Won’t get much playing time behind twins and Young plus weak draft means he is gone.

  67. Linda Taylor
    8:24 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Rae – He’s pretty much a 4.0 student and takes a lot of IT classes from what I’ve seen him write on twitter. There is usually more scholarship money available for that type of degree than for the arts. My brother-in-law got a full ride at UK for his PhD in computer science after completing his undergrad in his home country of the Czech Republic (which was paid for by that country). He was completely debt free when he graduated which helped him and my sister-in-law them immensely. They got married and then he did a year post doc fellowship at Northwestern and he has had nothing but great jobs since. He currently is in charge of hiring for his dept. at Google. It’s funny but he’s a dead ringer for the guy that won the lower arena tickets in the KSR contest today.

  68. Mack
    8:49 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Seems to be a good problem, much better than having more scholarships available then outstanding players that want them. Coach will handle the “problem” and the CATS will continue to win.

  69. UK Freshmen
    8:58 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    The next time I actually have a real suggestion will also be the first. Don’t hold your breath…

  70. John Doe
    9:56 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    So do you assume he can’t pay for college? Because of his ethnicity?

  71. the Big Dog
    1:08 am March 14, 2013 Permalink

    We wait to see who is coming back (assuming we wasnt them to return) and how many of the big 3 recruits decide on UK. If we have a scholarship left for Hawkins, then fine. If we don’t, then break open the champaign because we just got players a whole lot better than Hawkins.

  72. jesus christ
    5:21 am March 14, 2013 Permalink

    looks like the morons outnumber the enlightened 4 to 1 in these comments.

  73. Kentuckian
    8:38 am March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I want a kid willing to stay at Kentucky longer than 5 months. I want a kid willing to build UKs program. Hawkins will do that. The question is has Cal learned that he NEEDS kids to stay longer than 5 months to build a program. All of his past success has been based with experienced kids sprinkled with freshman. No expereince leads to average.
    I mean if some of these UK freshmen can go pro, I will literally eat my hat, but be tickled because several of them have no heart. I want a kid who is proud of the front of the jersey. This is Kentuckys program, not a players program. Recruit Hawkins!

  74. cats
    3:27 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    For the record, Hawking did drop nearly 30 points on the Harrison twins early in the season.

  75. cats
    3:28 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink


  76. Duke sucks
    3:40 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Funny how so many are saying Hawkins single handily won the state title? No he did not his team did! I watched every game in Lexington and yes Hawkins was the focus of the offence but he had other GOOD players out there with him. If you want to judge just individual porformance Hall and Justice where clearly better then Hawkins. Put Justice on Madison Central and they would have been better!
    Any one who is trying to compair him to Miller has lost it. Miller was 6’7 and a lot more talented then Hawkins it’s not even close!

  77. Duke sucks
    3:40 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Funny how so many are saying Hawkins single handily won the state title? No he did not his team did! I watched every game in Lexington and yes Hawkins was the focus of the offence but he had other GOOD players out there with him. If you want to judge just individual porformance Hall and Justice where clearly better then Hawkins. Put Justice on Madison Central and they would have been better!
    Any one who is trying to compair him to Miller has lost it. Miller was 6’7 and a lot more talented then Hawkins it’s not even close

  78. knows well
    5:17 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    first off i was at the state games and I kind of know Hawkins, so let me start. He was also a high school football player so he does have bulk as someone previously said he didnt. He works very hard, and he keeps cool under pressure when his team is 16 points down in a championship game he doesnt lose his cool he ends up winning the game and pulling a team together. I am a huge UK fan, always have been always will be. Yeah he may not be as good as some players that Cal has offered a scholarship to but let me tell you by his 2nd and 3rd season this boy will be unstoppable as a college player. Once he gets the practice and experience he will be great for UK. He will not be like everyone else one and done just using UK to get to NBA no he has dedication, and that is what Cal needs he needs a player like Hawkins to get things done and STAY. Hawkins would be stupid to pass up a full ride scholarship from another school just to walk on at UK. Also he must of been good enough for Antigua to go to central and watch him practice before the state games and for antigua to watch every game at rupp, and also Cal watched 3 out of the 4 games hawkins played including the game following uk winning over florida! Go Hawkins!!!