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THE WINNER: Dominique Hawkins
School: Madison Central (Richmond, Ky.)
Position: Point guard
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Indians (32-5) to the state championship this past season. Hawkins averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. A returning First Team All-State selection as named by The Courier-Journal, Hawkins shot 50 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line. He amassed 21 points and 10 rebounds in the 65-64 title-clinching victory against Ballard (Louisville, Ky.), capturing state tournament MVP honors.
Academic excellence: Hawkins has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered extensively with the special needs students at his school.
“I have coached against Dominique for the last five years, said Scott Chalk, head coach of rival Dunbar (Lexington, Ky.). “He is the finest player I have coached against — not only as far as talent and being a clutch performer, but as a young man who is the epitome of sportsmanship. I have yet to find anyone that has met him that has a negative thing to say about him. He always plays hard and never allows his temper to get the best of him and is very complementary of his opponent after the game.”
THE FUTURE: Hawkins remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.