Hawkins will be 17th Mr. Basketball to play at UK

broberts@herald-leader.comApril 10, 2013 

Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins committed Wednesday to the University of Kentucky. His mother, Denise Hawkins, left, sat beside him at Madison Central as he revealed his college choice. Hawkins is the eighth member of a No. 1-ranked recruiting class for Kentucky men's basketball that includes six McDonald's All-Americans and Bullitt East standout Derek Willis.

When Dominique Hawkins suits up for Kentucky next fall, he will join a long list of Mr. Basketballs who have gone on to play for the Wildcats.

Here’s a closer look at Hawkins and the 16 Mr. Basketball winners to choose Kentucky before him …

2013 | Dominique Hawkins: He led Madison Central to its first Sweet Sixteen title and was named the state tournament MVP before committing to Kentucky on Wednesday morning.

2009 | Jon Hood: He was a standout at Madisonville and a top-50 national recruit when he committed to play for Billy Gillispie. When Gillispie was fired following the 2008-09 season, Hood came to UK under new coach John Calipari. He has played sparingly in three seasons as a Wildcat and missed last year’s national championship run with a knee injury. Hood is expected to return to Kentucky for his senior season in 2013-14. He has scored 80 points in his Wildcat career.

2008 | Darius Miller: He led Mason County to a Sweet Sixteen title as a senior and was named the state tournament MVP. Last year, Miller became the first player in state history to win a national championship with UK after winning Mr. Basketball and Sweet Sixteen MVP honors. he scored 1,248 points in four seasons at Kentucky and was named the SEC Tournament MVP in 2011. He is currently in his rookie season with the New Orleans Hornets after being selected with the 46th overall pick in last year’s draft.

2002 | Brandon Stockton: The Glasgow point guard played in 83 games and scored 120 points during a four-year career at Kentucky.

2001 | Josh Carrier: The Bowling Green guard played in 94 games and scored 110 points during a four-year career at Kentucky.

1988 | Richie Farmer: One of the biggest legends in state high school history, Farmer led Clay County to a state championship as a junior and was a state runner-up his senior year. He was twice named the Sweet Sixteen MVP before coming to UK and staying through probation as one of the Unforgettables. Farmer scored 898 points in his four-year college career.

1987 | John Pelphrey: He was a standout at Paintsville High before coming to Kentucky and scoring 1,257 points over a four-year playing career. Pelphrey was also a member of the Unforgettables who stuck with UK through probation and came within one shot of going to the Final Four in 1992. He went on to become the head coach at Arkansas and is currently an assistant coach at Florida.

1986 | Rex Chapman: The “King” of Kentucky hoops was an All-American at Owensboro Apollo. He scored 1,073 points in just two seasons at UK and was a first-team All-SEC selection in each of those seasons. Chapman left after his sophomore year and was taken with the No. 8 overall pick by the expansion Charlotte Hornets. He played 12 seasons in the NBA for four different teams.

1983 | Winston Bennett: He was a McDonald’s All-American at Male before a four-year playing career at UK in which he scored 1,399 points. Bennett was chosen with the 64th overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft and played 136 games over three NBA seasons. He was an assistant coach under Rick Pitino at UK and later with the Boston Celtics.

1982 | Todd May: The Virgie High standout scored 14 points in four games at UK before transferring to Wake Forest early in his freshman season. He completed his college career at Pikeville.

1979 | Dirk Minniefield: He won a state title with Lafayette as a senior and was also named a McDonald’s All-American that year. Minniefield scored 1,069 points and dished out 646 assists in a four-year career at Kentucky, and he remains the school’s all-time leader in assists. The 6-3 guard was chosen with the 33rd overall pick in the 1983 draft and spent three seasons in the NBA.

1974 | Jack Givens: He was a high school All-American at Bryan Station before signing with his hometown school and ultimately becoming one of the greatest players to ever wear a UK uniform. Givens led the Cats to a national championship as a senior in 1978, scoring 41 points in the title game against Duke and winning Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. Givens scored 2,038 points in his four-year career, which ranks third in school history behind Dan Issel and Kenny Walker. The Atlanta Hawks selected Givens with the 16th overall pick, and he averaged 6.7 points per game in a two-year NBA career.

1971 | Jimmy Dan Conner: He led Anderson County to a state runner-up finish and was a Parade All-American as a senior. Conner scored 1,009 points in a three-year playing career at Kentucky. After leaving UK, he played 22 games in one season with the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA.

1966 | Mike Casey: He led Shelby County to a state championship in 1966 before scoring 1,535 points in three seasons at Kentucky. His point total ranks 14th all time at UK and second to Jack Givens among Mr. Basketball winners who have played for the Wildcats.

1961 | Randy Embry: The Owensboro High star scored 393 points during a three-year playing career at Kentucky, where he was also a member of the baseball team.

1959 | Pat Doyle: He led North Marshall to a state championship as a senior and later scored 12 points in 12 games before graduating from UK.

1957 | Billy Ray Lickert: He led Lafayette to a state championship as a senior. Lickert scored 1,076 points in a three-year career at UK and was a first-team All-SEC selection all three seasons. Lickert was a freshman when UK won the national title in 1958, but freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition at the time so he was not a member of the championship team.

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