Dominique Hawkins was behind Kentucky’s first half rally today, and for the past month or so, has smoothed over the Cats’ struggles at the guard position. According to John Calipari, that may be enough to earn him the starting nod. On his postgame show, Cal said that he’s considering starting Dominique the next game in hopes it will help Kentucky get off to a faster start.
“So, maybe Dom starts. Then, which one of you three is coming off the bench?” Cal said, referring to the current starting backcourt of De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Isaiah Briscoe.
I hate to say it, especially since he had eight assists today, but maybe you have Briscoe come off the bench. Kentucky looked pretty good with Fox, Monk, and Hawkins running the show this afternoon, and maybe Briscoe as the sixth man is the tweak this team needs. Calipari said he’s going to use the next week of practice leading into the tournament to figure it out.
“We’re just not there yet,” Cal said of his squad. “There are spells in the game where I say, ‘Okay, we’ll be fine.’ There are other times when I say this will end fast.”
Is starting Dom the right move? He’s certainly earned it.