Kentucky Wildcats Land Eighth 2013 Commitment As Dominique Hawkins Pledges Decision

By Paul Seaver

The Kentucky Wildcats have added yet another commitment to their class of 2013. Dominique Hawkins announced his decision on Wednesday morning, pledging his commitment to head coach John Calipari.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 point guard, was not the most heavily recruited player during his time at the high school level, but Calipari kept his pursuit despite uncertain scholarship numbers. Following Ryan Harrow‘s decision to transfer to Georgia State and Archie Goodwin‘s move to the 2013 NBA Draft, Calipari had room to extend a scholarship in Hawkins’ direction.

Hawkins joins a recruiting class that very well could be labeled as the best of all-time. Not only are the numbers high — Hawkins is the eighth to commit for next season — but the talent is through the roof. In addition to Hawkins, Calipari and Kentucky also hold the pledges of Derek Willis, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson, Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and James Young.

If you don’t recognize the names yet, don’t worry — you will soon enough. From a numbers standpoint, Kentucky holds commitments from four of the seven prospects, five of the top 11 and six of the top 18, according to ESPN rankings. In addition to the newcomers, Kentucky is also welcoming back Kyle Wiltjer, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress next season.

Long story short, the Wildcats will undoubtedly be the preseason favorite heading into the 2013-14 season.

As for Hawkins, his minutes and playing time will certainly be regulated early in his career, but he will get the opportunity to play against some very stiff competition and talent in practice. Calipari certainly saw enough in Hawkins to throw him a scholarship and although he will not be that instant impact guy in Lexington next season, he very well could be someday.


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