Hawkins back from Far East, hoping experience pays off on the court

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Dominique Hawkins believes his recent experience in the Far East will translate to on-court growth for Kentucky.

The Wildcats' 6-foot sophomore reserve guard averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest in nine games of the international outreach in China, highlighted by 27 points in a win over Lithuania. That game alone was two points more than the defensive specialist scored all season during Kentucky's eventual runner-up finish.

Hawkins said Thursday the performance motivates him to improve his offense in a backcourt that returns 6-6 twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison.

He says, "We'll be a better team if I can be more aggressive on offense."

Hawkins added that the return of the Harrisons and other Wildcats regulars allows them "to do something we wasn't able to finish up last year."

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