Willis and Hawkins look forward to UK practices

 Posted by at 3:11 PM on April 18, 2013  Comments Off on Willis and Hawkins look forward to UK practices
Apr 182013
 
UK commitment Derek Willis will play in the Derby Festival Classic on Friday in Freedom Hall. File photo: Timothy D. Easley

UK commitment Derek Willis will play in the Derby Festival Classic on Friday in Freedom Hall.
File photo: Timothy D. Easley

Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins aren’t McDonald’s All-Americans, but they definitely aren’t intimidated by them.

The two in-state stars are the only members of UK’s eight-man recruiting class who haven’t played on national television this month. The other six appeared in the McDonald’s Game in Chicago and the Jordan Classic in Brooklyn.

Both Willis and Hawkins acknowledged Wednesday that they might be overlooked going into next season. They’re taking a bring-it-on-approach to their first year with the Wildcats.

“We’re going to be a bulls-eye,” Hawkins said. “Everybody’s going to want to whup on us. It’s like whupping on your little brother, because we’re so young. Everybody’s going to want to beat us down, but we’re just going to have to come every day with our 110-percent game.”

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Apr 182013
 
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Kentucky’s McDonald’s All-Americans, left to right, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randle. Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins are also part of UK’s eight-man recruiting class.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

UK released a statement Thursday announcing the signings of 2013 recruits Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins. The three late commitments join the Harrison twins, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis in UK’s eight-man class.

John Calipari had comments on each of the new signees. Here they are:

Calipari on Randle …

“Julius is another hard-working player who is a great student and person along with being a dominator on the court. He has that will to win that the players I’ve had who have become special have all had. That motor will be important to our success next year. Julius has the skill set to be an inside-outside guy for us. He has the ability to put it on the floor and beat guys off the dribble, but he’s also got the toughness, size and ability to score against bigger defenders. At the end of the day, he’s a true leader whose personal drive is off the charts.”

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Hawkins scores 14 points in loss to Ohio All-Stars

 Posted by at 9:44 PM on April 13, 2013  Comments Off on Hawkins scores 14 points in loss to Ohio All-Stars
Apr 132013
 

UK commitment Dominique Hawkins scored 14 points Saturday night, but the Kentucky All-Stars were defeated 106-98 in a game with the Ohio All-Stars at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

22ft Academy’s MiKyle McIntosh scored 18 points and was named MVP for the Kentucky stars. Madison Central’s Ken-Jah Bosley added 17 points for Kentucky.

Cincinnati signee Kevin Johnson scored 21 points for the Ohio squad and was named that team’s MVP.

Hawkins will next play in Friday’s Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville. He will be joined in that game by fellow UK commitment Derek Willis.

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Extras: Hawkins says WKU was his second choice

 Posted by at 5:04 PM on April 10, 2013  Comments Off on Extras: Hawkins says WKU was his second choice
Apr 102013
 
Dominique Hawkins was flanked by his parents for Wednesday

Dominique Hawkins was flanked by his parents for Wednesday’s announcement at Madison Central High School.
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins committed to Kentucky on Wednesday, but he said after his announcement that he was leaning toward Western Kentucky before receiving the UK scholarship offer.

Here’s more on that, along with some other Hawkins’ quotes that didn’t make the main story.

Hawkins on receiving the UK offer:

“I had a little thinking to do, because I really did like Western. They’ve been really recruiting me hard. That’s the best recruiting that they probably ever did on a kid. I appreciate what they did. But once Kentucky came it was kind of a no brainer that I was going to go there.”

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Apr 102013
 
Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. spoke about Dominique Hawkins during Wednesday

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. spoke about Dominique Hawkins during Wednesday’s ceremony in Richmond.
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. spoke at length Wednesday about his start player, new UK commitment Dominique Hawkins. Here are some of the highlights:

Feldhaus noted that Hawkins played football and says the future Wildcat should improve even more now that he’s focused on only one sport:

“When he played the Harrison twins, I think he had had three practices. I think he’s only going to get better when he’s able to concentrate on basketball year round.”

Hawkins scored 29 points in that game against the Harrison twins. Feldhaus said he has what it takes to compete with elite players:

“I’ve never seen Dominique get rattled. That’s just the type of kid he is. He believes in himself.”

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Hawkins will be 17th Mr. Basketball to play at UK

 Posted by at 9:34 AM on April 10, 2013  Comments Off on Hawkins will be 17th Mr. Basketball to play at UK
Apr 102013
 
Darius Miller ran through a hoop with his name on it during last year

Darius Miller ran through a hoop with his name on it during the 2012  Senior Night ceremony in Rupp.
Photo by Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

When Dominique Hawkins suits up for Kentucky next fall, he will join a long list of Kentucky Mr. Basketball  honorees who have gone on to play for the Wildcats.

Here’s a closer look at Hawkins and the 16 Mr. Basketball winners to choose Kentucky before him:

2013 | Dominique Hawkins: He led Madison Central to its first Sweet Sixteen title and was named the state tournament MVP before committing to Kentucky on Wednesday morning.

2009 | Jon Hood: He was a standout at Madisonville and a top-50 national recruit when he committed to play for Billy Gillispie. When Gillispie was fired after the 2008-09 season, Hood came to UK under new coach John Calipari. He has played sparingly in three seasons as a Wildcat and missed last year’s national championship run with a knee injury. Hood is expected to return to Kentucky for his senior season in 2013-14. He has scored 80 points in his Wildcat career.

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New UK commit Hawkins named to Derby Classic

 Posted by at 8:29 AM on April 10, 2013  Comments Off on New UK commit Hawkins named to Derby Classic
Apr 102013
 

RICHMOND — Kentucky commitment Dominique Hawkins was named to the Derby Festival Classic on Wednesday morning.

The annual all-star game will be played April 19 in Freedom Hall in Louisville.

Other participants include UK signee Derek Willis, Louisville signees Anton Gill and Akoy Agau, and three McDonald’s All-Americans: Keith Frazier (SMU), Jarrell Martin (LSU) and Jabari Bird (California).

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Hawkins becomes 8th member of UK’s recruiting class

 Posted by at 8:27 AM on April 10, 2013  Comments Off on Hawkins becomes 8th member of UK’s recruiting class
Apr 102013
 
Dominique Hawkins cut down a Rupp Arena net after leading Madison Central to the state title last month. Photo: Pablo Alcala/Herald-Leader

Dominique Hawkins cut down a Rupp Arena net after leading Madison Central to the state title last month.
Photo: Pablo Alcala/Herald-Leader

RICHMOND — Mr. Basketball is staying home.

Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday morning. The 6-foot-1 combo guard led the Indians to their first Sweet Sixteen title last month and was named state tournament MVP after a stellar four-game stretch in Rupp Arena.

UK Coach John Calipari was in attendance for three of those games, and Hawkins wasn’t shy about his interest in the Wildcats. The lifelong UK fan repeatedly called Kentucky his “dream school” throughout the Sweet Sixteen.

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Hawkins ‘very excited’ for Wednesday announcement

 Posted by at 12:53 PM on April 8, 2013  Comments Off on Hawkins ‘very excited’ for Wednesday announcement
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.

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Hawkins won’t get word on Kentucky offer Friday

 Posted by at 9:23 AM on March 29, 2013  Comments Off on Hawkins won’t get word on Kentucky offer Friday
Mar 292013
 
Dominique Hawkins, left, held his Sweet 16 MVP trophy and celebrated with teammate Quan Taylor after winning the state tournament earlier this month. Photo: Pablo Alcala/Herald-Leader

Dominique Hawkins, left, held his Sweet 16 MVP trophy and celebrated with teammate Quan Taylor after winning the state tournament earlier this month.
Photo: Pablo Alcala/Herald-Leader

Dominique Hawkins will not hear from Kentucky about a scholarship offer Friday, as was originally expected.

The Madison Central senior guard and Sweet Sixteen MVP has been waiting on a UK offer before going forward with the recruiting process. Coach John Calipari visited Hawkins in Richmond on Tuesday and more information about a scholarship offer was expected to come Friday.

But the wait will continue.

“Nothing will be done until Dominique gets back from Florida on spring break,” Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. told the Herald-Leader.

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