Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins made it official on Wednesday morning when he selected the University of Kentucky as his college destination.
"I am about to commit to the University of Kentucky," Hawkins said during a live announcement in his Madison Central High School gym.
The senior guard led his squad to the KHSAA state championship last month in Rupp Arena on his way to being named the Sweet 16 MVP, "Mr. Basketball" and Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Kentucky. Even after a long list of accomplishments, Hawkins' commitment to his "dream school" at UK is his highest honor.
The coaching staff at Kentucky was on hand to witness the 6-foot-1 combo guard shine at the state tournament. Since then, Hawkins has been patiently waiting to hear from coach Calipari regarding a scholarship offer. But Madison Central head coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said Hawkins "basically" got an offer from Kentucky the week after the state tournament.
He repeatedly told the other programs vying for his services that UK was his priority. Typically recruits do not go as far as singling out a particular school, but it was a move that paid off for the Kentucky native because he will be suiting up for the wildcats in the fall.
Hawkins held offers from in-state institutions Western Kentucky, Morehead State and Murray State to go along with South Carolina, Purdue and Tennessee Tech.
"Western Kentucky was probably my second option if Kentucky didn't offer," Hawkins said during his press conference.
The top high school senior in the state of Kentucky will join what is now an eight-man recruiting class heading into Lexington next season, the top haul in the country yet again for Calipari & Co.
Hawkins, a three-star prospect, will team up with the likes of five-star point guard Andrew Harrison, five-star shooting guard Aaron Harrison, five-star forward Julius Randle, five-star wing James Young, five-star center Dakari Johnson, five-star center Marcus Lee, and fellow Kentucky native, three-star forward Derek Willis.
The tough-nosed, athletic guard will be given the immediate task of pushing Andrew Harrison in practice each day.
"It's going to be fun," Hawkins said. "I played them once before and showed them what I got. I'll have a great time guarding him and make him have a great time guarding me."
Hawkins suggests he is up for the tough task of becoming another one of Calipari's highly touted point guards somewhere down the line.
"I feel like I am very ready," Hawkins said. "I know he had tremendous point guards coming in, but hopefully I can become one after I have been there for a couple of years."
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