CoachCal.com has started their player profile series, and first up is Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins. Eric Lindsey has an in-depth profile of Hawkins, whose dream truly came true when John Calipari offered him a scholarship to play for his dream school, the University of Kentucky.
The story of how Hawkins popped up on UK’s radar is familiar, but his enthusiasm about becoming a Cat rings through his comments in the profile. Hawkins documents the moment in which his dream became a reality, when John Calipari showed up in his high school locker room to offer him a scholarship two weeks after watching him in the Sweet Sixteen with the simple question: “Are you ready for this?”
“Are you ready for this because this is going to be pretty crazy because this is one of the best recruiting classes and (you’re) not going to be able to be teenage boys,” Calipari told Hawkins. “(You’re) going to have to be like men.”
Hawkins says he’s ready for the challenge, and managed to keep his decision secret right up until his announcement. With All-Americans to his left and his right, Hawkins promises to play whichever role the team needs him to; however, he says he won’t back down from any challenges, especially in practice, which he claims will be harder than games because of the level of competition. Because of that, Hawkins says fans better buckle up, because this season is going to be crazy:
“We definitely feel like we’re on a mission because everybody knows what happened last year,” Hawkins said. “We definitely don’t want to be in the NIT. We’re trying to go undefeated and win a championship. … It’s just going to be crazy this season. This is going to be a fun ride and everybody’s going to work hard and want to win. We’re going to try to make this as fun as we can.”
Check out the profile in full to see more quotes and a video interview with Hawkins, who is well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.