By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison Central senior point guard Dominque Hawkins is one of 10 Kentucky boys players who have been nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game.
More than 800 players from across the country will be considered for the honor.
The other Kentucky nominees include: William Gray and Mike Smith of Dunbar, Taylor Gover of Pulaski County, Darryl Hicks of Trinity, Lavonne Holland of Ballard, Omar Prewitt of Montgomery County, Rusty Troutman and Derek Willis of Bullitt East and Jack Whitman of Lexington Catholic.
Hawkins has been a four-year starter for the Indians and recently became the program’s all-time leading scorer, passing Aaron Morris (1,980). On Jan. 6, the senior became the first Central boys player to reach the 2,000-point mark.
Hawkins is averaging 21 points a game this season for the Indians (14-3).
“I’ve had several kids get nominated before, but I kind of expected (Dominique) would get nominated,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “I also think he has a chance to be Mr. Basketball. He should at least be in the top two or three, especially with the type of year he’s had and the kind of career he’s had.”
The McDonald’s All-American Games are scheduled for April 3 in Chicago and will feature two 12-players rosters.
Hawkins has been drawing attention from Division I coaches for several years, but the senior has really turned heads with outstanding performances in recent games against high-profile opponents. The senior had 29 points in a loss to Travis High School (Texas) Dec. 1 at the Marshall County Hoopfest, out-scoring University of Kentucky commitments Andrew Harrison (25 points) and Aaron Harrison (three points).
Hawkins averaged 28 points in four games as Central finished third last month at the King of the Bluegrass and in two games against Bullitt East (which features UK commitment Derek Willis) the senior scored 29 and 28 points.
“We’ve had some different people at recent games. There’s someone there almost every game,” Feldhaus said. “There’s still not at much interest as I think there should be.”
Hawkins reportedly already has offers from Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Murray State and several other out-of-state Division I mid-major schools.
Tennessee is the biggest school to show series interest in the Central point guard. Members of the Volunteers’ coaching staff were in Richmond to watch Central’s game last Saturday against Holy Cross.
In a 72-53 win, Hawkins had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
“He’s not going to commit now,” Feldhaus said. “You never know. Someone different might pop up. We’ve still got a lot of big games to go.”
Hawkins is not expected to make a decision until the spring. Two other Central seniors — Ken-Jah Bosley and Quan Taylor — are also likely to wait until after the season to finalize their college plans.
Bosley, a guard, has offers from almost every NAIA school in the state, including Georgetown, Campbellsville and the University of the Cumberlands.
“No Division I (offers), yet,” Feldhaus said of Bosley. “But, I think he’s good enough to play Division I. So, once again we are just going to wait and see what happens.”
Taylor, a 6-foot-4 forward, is drawing interest from NAIA schools, but may consider signing with a junior college.
Central is set to return to action today at home against Lincoln County.