Kentucky Basketball Player Dominique Hawkins Drawing NFL Interest

Dominique Hawkins says he is intent on playing basketball “somewhere” next season. Hawkins isn’t projected to be selected by an NBA team in the upcoming draft. The market might be more favorable for him in Europe, though.

If he is willing to consider switching sports, he might be able to keep competing in the US.

According to a story in the Lexington-Heral Leader, the Wildcat has allegedly drawn interest from NFL teams after registering a 44.5-inch vertical leap at UK’s Pro Combines. His stature might be considered small for NBA standards, standing only 6-foot tall. However, he would be well-sized as a defensive back in the NFL.

He has displayed all the requisite athleticism necessary during a prolific career at Kentucky. With a number of players having made the transfer from college basketball to NFL tight-end, the waters aren’t totally uncharted.

However, without any upper-level football experience, the learning curve would be steep.

Hawkins says that basketball remains his focus, though. He will continue to train in California with former teammate De’Aaron Fox with hopes of an NBA career.

If things don’t pan out along that vein, don’t be surprised to see Hawkins give football a go.

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  • Michael NapolesCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
    Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a New York city based stand-up comedian. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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