Update: No news on Hawkins/UK until after spring break

broberts@herald-leader.comMarch 28, 2013 

Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins stole the ball from Holmes' Daquan Palmer as Madison Central defeated Holmes 65-61 on Friday March 7, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff


UPDATE: Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. told the Herald-Leader's Mike Fields on Friday morning that any announcement concerning Dominique Hawkins and the University of Kentucky would happen after the high school's spring break, which is next week. Hawkins will be in Louisville on Friday night as one of five finalists for the announcement of Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award.


Despite a flurry of Twitter posts Thursday, the waiting game between Madison Central basketball star Dominique Hawkins and Kentucky will continue a little while longer.

A Louisville-based AAU program tweeted Thursday that Hawkins was going to "sign" with the Cats on Friday. But the regular signing period doesn't begin until April 17, and Hawkins didn't play for the AAU team that sent the tweet.

A former high school teammate tweeted that he was proud that Hawkins would be picking Kentucky on Friday.

Not so fast.

Hawkins could very well be a Wildcat by the end of the day Friday, but he's waiting on a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday that a timetable for a UK offer had been set.

"We'll know something Friday," he said then.

Feldhaus said Thursday that nothing had changed.

Both coach and player have repeatedly said that Hawkins would wait for Kentucky to offer a scholarship before moving on in the recruitment process.

Hawkins has also made it clear that he is a lifelong Kentucky fan who would love to play for the Cats.

Feldhaus said there were no plans for a commitment Friday should Hawkins get the scholarship offer, but he also didn't rule out the possibility that Hawkins would go ahead and say he's going to be a Wildcat.

He also has offers from South Carolina, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Morehead State and several others.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard led Madison Central to its first state title this month. He was named Sweet Sixteen MVP after the tournament and was honored as the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last week.

Hawkins is one of five finalists for Mr. Basketball honors, which will be announced Friday.

John Calipari visited Hawkins in Richmond on Tuesday and sat courtside for three of his four games during the Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena.

Hawkins attended two UK practices at the Joe Craft Center this month and met with Calipari and assistant coach Orlando Antigua for about 30 minutes after one of them.

UK has seven commitments from the class of 2013 — six of them McDonald's All-Americans.

Calipari was in Huntington, W.Va., on Thursday to meet with Andrew Wiggins, the uncommitted No. 1 prospect in the senior class.

There is no timetable for Wiggins' decision.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: UKrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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