Hawkins to play in Derby Festival Classic

broberts@herald-leader.comApril 10, 2013 

Dominique Hawkins, with mom Denise Hawkins holding his 3-year-old sister Sania Anderson on the left, smiled after making the announcement that he has committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, during a morning assembly in the gym at Madison Central High School in Richmond Ky., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The The 6-foot-1 combo guard, who led the Indians to their first Sweet Sixteen title last month, made the announcement in front a packed gym that included teammates, family, friends, and the student body. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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  • Derby Festival Classic

    When: April 19

    Where: Freedom Hall

    Tickets: $11 and $16. Available through Ticketmaster.com or the Freedom Hall box office.

    Rosters

    White team: Akoy Agau (Louisville), Conner Frankamp (Kansas), Keith Frazier (SMU), Anton Gill (Louisville), Jarell Martin (LSU), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Robert Hubbs (Tennessee), Jajaun Johnson (Marquette), Rysheed Jordan (undecided), Austin Nichols (Memphis), Dillon Avare (Louisville), David Levitch (Louisville).

    Black team: Jabari Bird (California), Stevie Clark (Oklahoma State), Devin Davis (Indiana), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Luke Fischer (Indiana), Collin Hartman (Indiana), Dominique Hawkins (Kentucky), Zak Irvin (Michigan), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Stanford Robinson (Indiana), Troy Williams (Indiana), Derek Willis (Kentucky).

RICHMOND — A commitment to Kentucky wasn't the only big Dominique Hawkins announcement Wednesday.

The newest Wildcat will also be playing in this year's Derby Festival Classic, his coach said shortly before Hawkins committed to UK.

The game will be played April 19 in Louisville's Freedom Hall.

Hawkins joins a lineup that already included UK signee Derek Willis, U of L signees Anton Gill and Akoy Agau, and three McDonald's All-Americans.

Lexington Catholic's Dillon Avare and North Oldham's David Levitch, who will walk on at Louisville, were also added to the game Wednesday.

The Derby Classic also announced an agreement for Under Armour to become the official shoe and apparel sponsor of the game, which has been played since 1973.

Event coordinator Mike Gandolfo said he hoped the deal would help the Derby Classic compete with the McDonald's and Jordan games.

"Under Armour is coming on full bore, and we're going to go toe to toe from now on," Gandolfo said. "It's going to be a whole different experience, hopefully, for us."

Hawkins and Willis will be the first UK commits to play in the game since Stacey Poole in 2010.

Others who have participated in past Derby Classics include Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins and Deron Williams.


DERBY FESTIVAL CLASSIC

When: April 19

Where: Freedom Hall

Tickets: $11 and $16. Available through Ticketmaster.com or the Freedom Hall box office.

ROSTERS

White team: Akoy Agau (Louisville), Conner Frankamp (Kansas), Keith Frazier (SMU), Anton Gill (Louisville), Jarell Martin (LSU), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Robert Hubbs (Tennessee), Jajaun Johnson (Marquette), Rysheed Jordan (undecided), Austin Nichols (Memphis), Dillon Avare (Louisville), David Levitch (Louisville).

Black team: Jabari Bird (California), Stevie Clark (Oklahoma State), Devin Davis (Indiana), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Luke Fischer (Indiana), Collin Hartman (Indiana), Dominique Hawkins (Kentucky), Zak Irvin (Michigan), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Stanford Robinson (Indiana), Troy Williams (Indiana), Derek Willis (Kentucky).

Ben Roberts: (859) 321-3216 Twitter: @NextCats Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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