Dominique Hawkins has had a scholarship offer from Kentucky since leading Richmond (Ky.) Madison Central to a state championship.
But he had to sit on it for nearly a month.
On Wednesday, Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 guard, finally ended his recruitment, announcing for Kentucky.
“Truthfully we’ve known since the day we went to the capital and we went to UK’s campus,” Madision Central coach Allen Feldhaus told Scout.com. “We knew then. They told us they wanted to keep this under our hat until they take care of their business with their players.”
“I think he’s glad to have it out of the way,” Feldhaus added. “It’s been hectic with all of the questions. It’s kind of a relief for all of us.”
Heading into the state tournament, Hawkins was barely on UK’s radar.
“At that point [John Calipari] hadn’t gotten to seen him play so I think it was more Cal was thinking he was doing us a favor and after he got to watch Dominique play now I think we are doing Cal a favor.”
Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 guard, entertained interest from a host of schools including South Carolina, Purdue, Butler and offers from Western Kentucky and Morehead State. In the end, he grew up following Kentucky and that sealed the deal.
“He’s grown up a Kentucky fan,” Feldhaus said. “His mom and his grandmother have been Kentucky fans all their lives. Dominique followed in right behind them. How many kids grow up a Kentucky fan and don’t want to go to Kentucky?”
Hawkins put together quite the senior season, averaging 20.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, while leading Madison Central to a state title and winning Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball.
“He’s proven himself over the past four years,” Feldhaus said.
“He’s got a lot of self confidence in himself,” he added. “He believes and he loves to compete. He’s old school in that he loves to work. He’s a worker. He has tremendous work ethic.”
Hawkins is Kentucky’s eighth pledge in the 2013 class. He joins a class that consists of six five-star prospects.
Kentucky is also still pursuing the nation’s top prospect – Andrew Wiggins. Despite already having a class of eight players, Kentucky still has an available scholarship for Wiggins should he choose Kentucky.