Hawkins named KY 'Mr. Basketball'

Dominique Hawkins

After being named Kentucky's Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this month, Dominique Hawkins added another nice piece of hardware to his collection Friday as the Madison Central guard was named Kentucky's 2013 "Mr. Basketball."

After being named Kentucky's Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this month, Dominique Hawkins added another nice piece of hardware to his collection Friday as the Madison Central guard was named Kentucky's 2013 "Mr. Basketball."

"It means the world." Hawkins said during the ceremony at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. "I am just a young guy who plays basketball, and now to win the Mr. Basketball award, that's crazy and it's something that you dream about."

Hawkins claimed the honor over four other college-bound athletes, including Bullitt East teammates Derek Willis (a UK signee) and Rusty Troutman (Bellarmine), Montgomery County's Omar Prewitt (William & Mary) and Trinity's Darryl Hicks (Boston College).

Hawkins made a late push for the award in leading Madison Central to the state championship earlier this month. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a senior. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Boys Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena as UK head coach John Calipari watched closely from courtside.

Along with interest from Kentucky, the senior guard is also considering offers from Western Kentucky, Morehead State, South Carolina and Purdue. But Hawkins, who has mentioned UK as his "dream school," insists he will wait to hear definitive word from Calipari on a scholarship offer before making his decision.

That offer is widely speculated to be in place, and a decision will likely be made public once UK's roster situation for 2013-14 becomes clear. However, an announcement is unlikely for at least one more week as Hawkins and Indians head coach Allen Feldhaus plan a trip to Florida for spring break.

"I'm going down there for spring break to think things over, and then that week I should make an announcement about where I should go," Hawkins said. "When I make that decision, it's going to be a great feeling. All the stress is going to come off of me."

Meanwhile, on the girls side, UK Hoops signee Makayla Epps of Marion County was named 2013 Kentucky "Miss Basketball."

Epps averaged 23 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 steals and 5.5 rebounds per game in leading Marion County to a 39-0 record and the state championship as a senior.

The other finalists were Marion County's Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (also a UK Signee), Christian Academy's China Dow (Middle Tennessee State), Owensboro Catholic's Becca Greenwell (Duke) and Madison Central's Larryn Brooks (Indiana).

Hawkins and Epps will wear the traditional No. 1 jerseys for the Kentucky All-Stars in their annual summer series with the Indiana All-Stars.

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