- Dominique Hawkins
- Hometown (Last School)
- Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central)
- 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2013-14
- June 27, 1994
Dominique Hawkins was born Dominique DaShawn Hawkins on June 27, 1994, in Louisville, Kentucky to Denise Hawkins and Doug Farris. He has four younger siblings.
Hawkins attended Madison Central High School in Richmond, Kentucky where he was a four-year starter. Hawkins averaged 19.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a junior. He helped the Indians to a 31-2 record, including a 22-0 start. Hawkins averaged 16.9 points as a sophomore and 15.2 as a freshman. He also played on the varsity as an eighth-grader, averaging 1.8 points. He averaged 20.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a senior and was named the 2013 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. He is the 17th player in UK history to claim the honor. Hawkins also hauled in state Gatorade Player of the Year honors. He directed Madison Central to the state championship and captured most valuable player honors after averaging 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game throughout the Kentucky Boys Sweet Sixteen. Hawkins was rated as the No. 44 point guard by 247 Sports.
On May 16, 2013, Hawkins announced his commitment to play at Kentucky. Later, he said UK Coach John Calipari had offered him a scholarship during Hawkins’ March 12 visit to Lexington — two days after he led the Indians to their first state championship. The lifelong UK fan told only two people — his mother and his girlfriend — that he had received the coveted scholarship offer. “That’s it,” he said. “I could trust them, so that’s the only two I told.” He turned down offers from Western Kentucky (Hawkins’ runner-up), South Carolina, Purdue, Tennessee Tech and Morehead State. He joined fellow recruits Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis, and James Young to form the consensus top-ranked class in the nation.
As a freshman at Kentucky, Hawkins earned SEC Academic team honors and saw action in 33 games as UK’s top defensive stalwart. Four games into UK’s season found Hawkins already evolved from a perceived practice player to a trusted backup to fellow freshman Andrew
Harrison at point guard. Then Hawkins played a career-high 18 minutes against Robert Morris, which followed a six-minute relief stint against No. 1 Michigan State. Not only did Hawkins give Harrison a breather, he sparked the UK team with infectious enthusiasm and can-do play. “You know, I’m not afraid to go to him,” Calipari said of Hawkins. “I’m just not. I think he’s a pretty good player. He’s good for our team.” He scored 25 points, hauled in 23 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists on the year. Hawkins played a key defensive role for Kentucky in 15 minutes of action against Louisville and 11 minutes against Michigan. He notched four points, two rebounds and two assists to open SEC play against Mississippi State.
As a sophomore, Hawkins was named an SEC Academic Honor Roll member for the second time in two years for the Wildcats. He appeared in 23 games while making nine starts in his sophomore season. He averaged 1.3 points and a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hawkins notched career highs in points per game, assists, steals and 3-point field-goals. He scored six points while adding two steals, a block and three assists in the best game of his career in a career-high 20 minutes at home against Missouri. Hawkins dished out a career-high six assists in a win over his hometown team EKU. He tallied a career-high seven points, including a spectacular alley-oop dunk from Devin Booker in his first career start against Boston.
As a junior, Hawkins was once again an SEC Academic Honor Roll member. He saw action in 27 games during an injury-plagued junior season and had career-highs in points, blocks, free throws, 3-point field goals and shooting percentage. He averaged 2.3 points with a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hawkins missed seven games in January due to an ankle sprain and also broke his hand during fall camp. He had a career game in a win over rival No. 16/15 Louisville with career bests in points (13), 3-pointers (three), and minutes played (26). Prior to that game he had never made more than one 3-pointer in a game. He became the first Kentucky native to score in double figures for the Wildcats against Louisville since Darius Miller did so in the 2012 Final Four.
Hawkins was a Senior leader who appeared in all 38 games and made four starts. He enjoyed the best season of his four-year career by setting new career-best marks in minutes, field goals, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers, 3-point field-goal percentage, free throws, free-throw percentage, rebounds, assists, steals and points. Hawkins was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team after scoring a career-high 14 points in the championship game. He averaged 4.7 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds a game and boasted a team-best 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hawkins owned the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio (2.943) for a career in the John Calipari era and he played in 121 career games, the most of any Calipari-coached player. Hawkins recorded four double-figure scoring games after having just two during the first three years of his career. Three of the four double-digit scoring outputs came during the season’s last five games. On numerous occasions late in the season, Kentucky coach John Calipari referred to Hawkins as “Old Reliable.”
Hawkins’ story is one of talent, hard work, and dedication. His contributions to the Kentucky basketball team left an indelible mark. Hawkins became a fan favorite not only for his on-court skills but also for his unwavering determination and team-first attitude.