Apr 082013
 
UK coach John Calipari is still assembling his roster for the 2013-14 season. Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Coach John Calipari is still assembling his roster for the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Dominique Hawkins will announce his college destination Wednesday morning, and all signs are pointing to a commitment to Kentucky.

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. has been adamant that Hawkins will not be a walk-on, so if he does commit to UK it will be as a full scholarship player.

Below is an updated look at Kentucky’s scholarship breakdown for the 2013-14 season assuming Hawkins does indeed pick the Wildcats. (Keep in mind that UK will be permitted 13 athletic scholarships.)

LOCKED-UP SCHOLARSHIPS (12)
Kyle Wiltjer, junior
Willie Cauley-Stein, sophomore
Alex Poythress, sophomore
Andrew Harrison, freshman
Aaron Harrison, freshman
Dominique Hawkins, freshman
Dakari Johnson, freshman
Marcus Lee, freshman
Julius Randle, freshman
Derek Willis, freshman
James Young, freshman
Andrew Wiggins: Kentucky is holding one scholarship for Wiggins, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2013. There is no timetable for his decision. UK is one of four finalists, along with Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina.

QUESTION MARKS
Jon Hood will be a senior if he returns to UK next season. He has already been with the Cats for four years — he sat out last season with an injury — and is on pace to graduate, which would allow him to transfer to another Division I school and play right away. If he does return to Kentucky, he would most likely take the 13th scholarship. (Note: Hood told the Courier-Journal last week that he expects to return and be on scholarship next season, but there has been no official announcement from UK).

Like Hood, Jarrod Polson would be a senior in 2013-14 but is on pace to graduate this year, which would give him the option of transferring and playing right away. Polson came to Kentucky as a preferred walk-on but has received a scholarship in each of his three seasons in Lexington. If UK adds Wiggins and Hawkins and Hood returns, Polson would likely go to walk-on status. If one of those three players doesn’t end up at UK, Polson could take the 13th scholarship.

Nerlens Noel is projected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and is extremely unlikely to return to UK for a sophomore season.

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  4 Responses to “Updated look at UK scholarship situation for 2013-14”

  1. Ben:

    Maybe I misread the story but I saw something last week that said Hood announced he was returning to UK next year and will be a part of the team. Don’t know if that means he gets a scholarship or not but you can put his name in the column of players returning.

    Mark Liptak

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Mark. There’s been no official announcement from UK on Hood, but I just added a “note” on his status.

  3. Thank you for posting this Ben. Now if we could just get this out to the portion of BBN freaking out about the scholarship situation. I keep telling people there is a spot saved for Wiggins obviously, and that the situation will play out when he announces. I hope he enjoys practicing and playing with the twins and Randle this week/weekend to get a taste of what he can expect. Enjoy this site. Thanks!

  4. Will Malone, Long, and Lanter stay as walk ons?

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