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Hawkins returns from successful trip to China

Sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins returned this weekend from a two-week cultural exchange basketball trip to China with Sports Reach. Hawkins played in nine games over a 16-day span while learning about the Chinese culture and sharing some of his own.

Hawkins was primarily used as a shutdown defender during his first season at Kentucky, but the Richmond, Ky., native showed he’s more than capable of just playing defense, averaging 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in nine games for Sports Reach.

Dominique Hawkins averaged 9.3 points in nine games for Sports Reach. (photo by Chris Reynolds)

The 6-foot guard shot 42.0 percent from the field during the two-week trip, including a 10-for-15, 27-point outing in a win against Lithuania.

The Sports Reach team, which featured college players from Illinois, Jacksonville State, Murray State, Southern, TCU, Texas Tech and Troy, went 4-5 against teams from China and Lithuania.

Hawkins isn’t the first Wildcat to participate in the cultural exchange trip during John Calipari’s tenure. Other players who have participated include Josh Harrellson, Jon Hood and Eloy Vargas. Harrellson’s trip came in the summer of 2010 and was followed by a breakout senior campaign in which he averaged 7.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 61 percent from the field.

Hawkins played in 33 games for UK’s national runner-up squad. He scored 25 points and hauled in 23 rebounds while dishing out 12 assists in his first season. He served as a top defensive performer during UK’s NCAA Tournament run with Calipari crediting his efforts against Michigan’s Nik Stauskas as a key to UK’s win over the Wolverines.

Founded in 1986 by Robby Speer, Sports Reach attempts to reach the world through sports. For more information on Sports Reach, visit sportsreach.org.

Scroll below the box score to see some pictures of Hawkins’ experience.

Hawkins’ box score from China trip

Game Points FGs 3-pointers Rebounds Assists Steals
1 6 3-7 0-0 5 3 3
2 8 4-9 0-0 7 2 2
3 4 1-8 0-1 4 2 1
4 27 10-15 2-2 5 2 0
5 6 1-7 1-4 8 3 1
6 2 1-4 0-0 0 1 0
7 6 3-11 0-2 11 5 1
8 11 5-8 0-1 0 0 0
9 14 6-12 0-1 1 0 2
Total 84 (9.3 avg.) 34-81 (42.0 pct.) 3-11 (27.3 pct.) 46 (4.6 avg.) 18 (2.0 avg.) 10 (1.1 avg.)