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Dominique Hawkins made us all proud today


To most of the players, the Kentucky/Louisville game is just another game on the schedule, but to Kentucky natives Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis, it matters a little more. Hawkins played like it today, coming off the bench to score 13 points, including three crucial threes and two free throws that kept Kentucky rolling when the game was in question.

After the game, John Calipari had nothing but praise for the Richmond native, who he called “one of the great kids of all time.”

“I thought Dom really fought,” Cal said. “Never changed his emotion the whole time. He defended, he’ll fight like crazy, he’s got a great temperament, a great demeanor. One of the great kids of all time. I mean literally one of the great kids.”

Not only did Hawkins give the Cats buckets when they needed them most, he was a fierce defender, filling the void left by Isaiah Briscoe, who had to sit the game out after turning an ankle during warm-ups.

After the game, Hawkins told reporters that, growing up, he pretended to play in Kentucky/Louisville rivalry games with his friends that cheered for Louisville. The result then? “Kentucky usually won.”

Thanks to Hawkins, that’s still true today.

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6 Comments for Dominique Hawkins made us all proud today

  1. BobNWeaver
    4:00 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    GREAT JOB DOM!!! Way to step up!!

  2. Willy
    4:11 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    So glad to see Hawkins have this kind of game today, very deserving for a young man who has limited playing time to step up & play solidly with few mistakes & an all-around good game.

  3. Wildcat Sheli
    4:36 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    As always, Dom gave his very best. Have often wondered how differently the Wisconsin game would have ended if he could have contributed some minutes. Great player and even better young man. You made us all proud today!

  4. DelrayCat
    5:00 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    Dom has earned the opportunity to play more of Briscoe’s minutes. Briscoe is tough as nails and a bit bigger than Dom, but he is such a liability shooting and especially at the line. If Dom plays this well, he is more valuable overall and should get some of Briscoe and Willis minutes to play a least 20-25 a game.

    I like Dom in at the end of games over Briscoe all day long.

    • DelrayCat
      5:03 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

      If Cats have lead late…the lineup needs to be Ullis, Murray, Dom, Poy, and Skal.
      Just can’t play Briscoe and Lee if they can’t make a FT and only means teams will intentionally foul them if given the opportunity.

  5. kjd
    5:18 pm December 26, 2015 Permalink

    One black mark for an otherwise really good game. When Ulis dishes the ball to you for a wide open three to seal the game with the shot clock expiring, TAKE IT!