Calipari meets with Central's Hawkins

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Kentucky coach John Calipari has met with Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins, Indians coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr. said.

On Tuesday, Calipari was in Richmond, where he talked to the 2013 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year. Hawkins has drawn the interest of the Wildcats since guiding Madison Central to the Boys Sweet 16 championship. Hawkins was named tournament Most Valuable Player.

On Saturday, Hawkins was part of 40 players invited to try out for the Kentucky All-Stars. Hawkins said he had received scholarship offers from South Carolina, Purdue, Morehead State, Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech. Louisville has offered a walk-on position.

On Saturday, Hawkins said it’s UK he’s still waiting on.

“Kentucky hasn’t offered,” Hawkins said. “I’m not close to my decision yet. It’s probably going to be two weeks or three. So I’m not close yet.”

Then he added, “I’m just waiting on what they (UK) do.”

Looks like Hawkins got his wish. At least, he’s now talked face-to-face with Calipari. No word yet on whether a scholarship offer was extended.

Kentucky's incoming recruiting class already has been labeled as one of the best in history. Hawkins doesn’t shy away from wanting to add his name to that list.

“It doesn’t scare me away. I feel like I can compete with those guys,” he said. “You don’t just go in and good players start automatically. I feel like I can compete with them and fight for my playing time, if I can prove something.”

Hawkins is one of five finalists for the state’s Mr. Basketball award, which will be announced in Louisville on Friday.

“It’s been crazy,” Hawkins said of his recent notoriety. “Little kids have been coming up to me, wanting autographs. The adults have been coming to me, tell me ‘great job.’ It’s been just like I’m a rock star.”

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