The junior guard from Richmond, Ky., is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to miss the next four weeks of practice.
"I really feel bad to have to report this because Dom was playing so well,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “He was so much more confident, so much more skilled. There was no doubt he was in the rotation, and now he’s just got to get back and stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in November.”
Kentucky opens the regular season on Nov. 13 against Albany at Rupp Arena. Hawkins was expected to bring some veteran leadership to a team that returns only one other backcourt player, Tyler Ulis, from last year's Final Four squad. The Cats signed three guards -- Jamal Murray, Mychal Mulder and Isaiah Briscoe -- as part of this year's No. 1 national recruiting class.
Hawkins has played in 56 games in his UK career, including nine starts in his sophomore season. He has been one of the Cats' best on-ball defenders in his first two seasons, serving as a key stopper during Kentucky’s memorable 2014 Final Four run.
Among Hawkins’ highlights during his sophomore season was a career-high seven-point outing vs. Boston, a career-high six-assist day in a win over his hometown team, Eastern Kentucky, and a six-point, three-assist, two-steal night in a career-high 20 minutes at home vs. Missouri.