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UK’s Glue Guy

Photo: Andrew Bishop, CameronMillsRadio.com

GLUE GUY [gloo gahy]: Def– The guy who  facilitates a team’s success by doing the little things (energy, effort, defense, etc). Though not a key player, he is consistent and efficient with his minutes and abilities.

Before early March in 2016, Dominique Hawkins was a rather unknown. Sure, people in Richmond and the “Basketball Bennies” had at least heard his name in passing. However to most people, he was well under the radar.

Then that improbable Sweet 16 happened, and he immediately gained people’s attention; including special someone’s. Next thing he knows it, he is apart of Kentucky’s monster 2013 recruiting class that included The Twins, James Young, and Julius Randle.

Determination and natural athleticism allowed him to earn spot minutes as a perimeter defender in 33 of UK’s games that season, but his limited offensive skills made him somewhat of a liability.

Though has received some starts and gets consistent minutes the last three years, Dom’s game didn’t look to be any more rounded than when he walked on last year. He showed more confidence, but his shot was still leaving something to be desired. A good game here or there teased what could be, but they were brief and sudden.

As a Wildcat, Dom has done everything asked of him. He’s a selfless player and appears to take coaching very well. He has sharpened his craft under Cal’s tutelage. At this year’s combine, he proved to be one of the most explosive, speedy, and strong guys on this roster. But, his freakin’ jump shot has kept him from taking the next step.

Entering his senior season, his role looks to be pretty set in stone. Hawkins is a defensive stalwart and a decent ball handling point guard. And with UK looking to start three guards, he will likely be the first guard off the bench. He will be that rare grizzled vet on a Coach Cal Kentucky team and a steady hand for these young ‘uns. Cal m.o. is to roll with a seven or eight man rotation.

Starters

G: Fox

G: Monk

G: Briscoe

F: Willis/Gabriel

C: Bam

Bench

C:Isaac

F: Willis/Gabriel

F: SKJ

G: Dom

I know one should not put a whole lotta weight into a single exhibition performance. But Dom’s shot and motion looked smoother than it ever has before. He didn’t miss a shot as he went 4-4 (2-2 3pt). If Dom has found a shot, look out folks. He was rumored to put in work this summer, but BBN cannot Autumn trust rumors.

Dom will prob average north of ten minutes a game. Though some of it will be dependent based on starter’s foul trouble, his time could deliver big time if he is able to maintain a 45% clip from the floor. He already does all the little things well and is a massive spark of energy off the bench. That’s one things everyone should love about Dom, his relentless effort. His offense is the only thing holding him back from being a jack-of-all-trades.

With six underclassmen likely to see major playing time, Dom is the guy needed to bring them together. Though his stats might not jump off the page at you, you will notice Dom’s presence on the court.

Being a Kentucky-native, Dom will look to leave it all out there this season. This is his last go-around and is on a team with national championship aspirations; he is going to bring it.

 

Clark Brooks
Clark Brooks
Former two-time football state champion at Lexington Catholic High School. Graduated with Journalism and Marketing B.A.s from the University of Kentucky. Featured in six different publications. Humungous football fan, avid basketball fan, and sports business and advertising professional. BBN

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