Kentucky’s Dominique Hawkins breaks hand; will miss 4 wks

Kentucky junior point guard Dominique Hawkins broke a bone in his right hand this weekend and will miss up to a month of practice, the team confirmed Monday on Twitter.

#BBN, unfortunate news to report tonight. Dominique Hawkins broke his hand this weekend and will miss four weeks. http://t.co/7Pq3GqTblB

— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 6, 2015

Hawkins played in just 23 games last season, making nine starts, but head coach John Calipari has been impressed with how the third-year player has played so far leading up to the start of official practice.

There was no doubt Dom was in the rotation & now he’s just got to get back & stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in Nov

— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 6, 2015

I really feel bad to report this b/c Dom was playing so well. He was so much more confident, so much more skilled. https://t.co/NrOIdEsQ93

— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 6, 2015

Hawkins, one of UK’s best on-ball defenders the past two seasons, will undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to be back in practice by early November. A speedy recovery will be key for the Richmond, Kentucky native that hopes to have a much more substantial role on this years team.

Big Blue Nation gets to see their squad in action for the first time this season when the Wildcats host Albany on Friday, November 13.

Prayers up to Hawkins, Wildcat fans.

🙏 for @Dhawk_25, who will undergo surgery today on his broken right hand. https://t.co/GY17Q0hsmG

— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 6, 2015

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