Dominique Hawkins might not be as flashy as other UK guards, but he has the experience and defensive ability coach John Calipari likes.
By: Larry Vaught
Count me as one who still thinks senior Dominique Hawkins could have a big impact on this year’s team backing up either De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk or Isaiah Briscoe. He had an impressive Blue-White Game after putting up some of the team’s best numbers in the combine for NBA scouts.
“Dom played phenomenal. I don’t think people expected that out of him. I kind of didn’t, but I’ve seen him play. When he gets hot, he gets hot and he just starts hitting from everywhere,” Fox said. “Floaters get going, 3-point shot gets going, midrange gets going. He starts getting up on defense. You just see everything.”
Monk says Hawkins can do the same things the other three guards can do even if that might surprise fans and UK opponents.
“Dom is going to be a solid player every time he gets on the court. He knows what to do. He knows his job. He does it every day. So we just expect a big role. He’ll knock down open shots and just do the right thing,” Monk said.
Calipari has been non-committal on Hawkins’ role but admits he has one advantage.
“The advantage Dom has is he defends, he’s tough, he comes up with balls. He’s been in those games here,” the UK coach said.