John Calipari made the short trip to Richmond on Tuesday to see Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins, who is still waiting on a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. told the Herald-Leader that Calipari called ahead and said he wanted to visit with the 2013 combo guard. There’s still no offer from UK, but Calipari remains very interested in adding Hawkins to what is already a seven-man recruiting class for 2013.
Calipari attended three of Hawkins’ four games at the state tournament earlier this month in Rupp Arena. UK assistant Orlando Antigua was at all four, and stayed well after the final buzzer of the title game to see Hawkins receive his Sweet Sixteen MVP award. UK also hosted Hawkins and his Madison Central teammates at a practice on campus two weeks ago.
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Hawkins told reporters during the Sweet Sixteen that he is a lifelong Kentucky fan and would be willing to wait on a scholarship offer from the school. He reiterated that intention in an interview with WKYT over the weekend. He currently counts offers from South Carolina, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Morehead State and others.
The 6-foot-1 guard is rated as a three-star prospect by most recruiting services. Last week, he was announced as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Hawkins is also one of five finalists for Mr. Basketball honors, which will be announced Friday night in Louisville.