UK Men's Basketball

Feldhaus: Hawkins might be sidelined longer than 4 weeks

Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins went through a gantlet of pads during practice Wednesday.
Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins went through a gantlet of pads during practice Wednesday. Herald-Leader

Kentucky might have to revise its estimate of how long junior guard Dominique Hawkins will be sidelined, the player's high school coach said Tuesday.

After Hawkins broke a bone in his right hand in practice Sunday, UK said the player would be sidelined four weeks. UK Coach John Calipari echoed that estimate with a tweet Tuesday morning.

But Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr., said Tuesday afternoon that the estimate might be changed to six weeks.

The surgery went well, Feldhaus said he was told by Hawkins' mother, but doctors needed three screws rather than the expected two to make the repair. The Madison Central coach said that might mean Hawkins will be sidelined for a longer period of time.

Hawkins broke the bone in his right hand below the middle finger during Sunday’s practice.

A backup his first two seasons at UK, Hawkins came into preseason practice feeling like he could assume a more prominent role. Calipari had supported that belief.

“He’s telling me next year (2015-16) I’ll have a chance to get on the court,” Hawkins said in early September. “And hopefully, this is the year I’m able to get on the court a lot.”

In a UK news release Monday, Calipari said Hawkins had made a good start on gaining a bigger role.

“He was so much more confident, so much more skilled,” Calipari said. “There was no doubt he was in the rotation, and now he’s just got to get back and stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in November.”

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