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Apr 082013
 
Dominique Hawkins led Madison Central to the Sweet Sixteen championship last month in Rupp Arena. Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Dominique Hawkins led Madison Central to the Sweet Sixteen championship last month in Rupp Arena.
Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

The waiting game is over for Madison Central star Dominique Hawkins.

Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball will make his college announcement at 8 a.m. Wednesday during a full assembly in his high school gym.

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. didn’t specify whether Kentucky had offered a scholarship, but he said the UK staff has been in contact throughout the past two weeks.

Hawkins has repeatedly said that he would wait on an offer from UK — his “dream school” — before making his college decision.

“He’s excited,” Feldhaus told the Herald-Leader. “He’s very excited.”

Hawkins was expecting to hear from Kentucky a couple of weeks ago on the same day that he received his Mr. Basketball award. Feldhaus said UK wanted to wait until the next week, but that was spring break and Hawkins had a trip planned for Florida. The coach called back and asked if they could wait another week.

“They said that was no problem,” Feldhaus said.

South Carolina, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech and Murray State have offered Hawkins.

On Monday morning, Butler Coach Brad Stevens called Feldhaus to inquire about the 6-foot-1 combo guard.

“I know he’s probably already going to go to UK, but I just wanted to check and make sure,” Stevens told Feldhaus.

The Butler coach was informed that it was indeed too late to get in on Hawkins’ recruitment.

“If you had called back in November, you could have probably already had him signed,” Feldhaus told him.

John Calipari watched Hawkins play three times in the Sweet Sixteen last month in Rupp Arena, where Hawkins was named MVP of the tournament after leading Madison Central to its first state title. UK assistant Orlando Antigua was in attendance for all four games.

U of L Coach Rick Pitino offered Hawkins a preferred walk-on spot before the Sweet Sixteen, but the lifelong UK fan isn’t interested in that.

Feldhaus reiterated Monday that Hawkins will be a scholarship player wherever he goes.

“I talked to Coach Pitino when he told me the deal during the region tournament,” he said. “It was like he was doing us a favor to offer him a preferred walk-on. But, no, he’s not a walk-on player.

“He’s nobody’s walk-on.”

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