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Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins joins UK’s top-ranked 2013 recruiting class

Staff report


The recruiting class that has been described by some as the greatest of all-time now includes the 2013 Mr. Kentucky Basketball.


Dominique Hawkins. (Image from iHigh stream)

Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins announced his verbal commitment to UK Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the school. The announcement was streamed online by iHigh.


Hawkins, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, joins Bullitt East power forward Derek Willis and McDonald’s All-Americans Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Julius Randle and James Young in the UK 2013 recruiting class. Hawkins, Johnson and Randle have yet to sign there national letters of intent and therefore cannot be commented on by the UK staff.


The commitment to UK comes one month after Hawkins led Madison Central to the KHSAA state championship, capping off a 32-5 season. Hawkins averaged 26.8 points per game in the Sweet 16 with UK head coach John Calipari and assistants watching from the stands.


Calipari extended the scholarship offer to Hawkins when he attended practice the week after Madison Central won its state title. Space on the UK roster opened for Hawkins when sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow announced he was transferring and freshman guard Archie Goodwin announced he was entering the NBA draft.


Hawkins chose UK over offers from South Carolina, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech and Murray State.


Even with his Mr. Basketball award, Hawkins is considered an under-the-radar recruit in the class. Rivals.com rates Andrew Harrison as the No. 1 point guard nationally, Aaron Harrison as the No. 1 shooting guard and Randle as the No. 1 power forward. The Harrison twins, Johnson, Lee, Randle and Young are all rated as five-star prospects.

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