Cowboys scouted former Kentucky guard at a Lakers workout

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Former Kentucky guard <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/121088/" data-ylk="slk:Dominique Hawkins">Dominique Hawkins</a> (L) might have an NFL future if his pro basketball options dry up. (AP)
Former Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins (L) might have an NFL future if his pro basketball options dry up. (AP)

The Dallas Cowboys are not afraid to turn over a lot of stones when it comes to scouting. That apparently includes attending an NBA workout to find a potential contributor.

According to this interesting story from the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Cowboys sent a representative to a workout run by the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers to take a look at former Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins on Monday.

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Hawkins averaged 4.7 points in his senior year with the Wildcats last season, but he’s apparently considering all his options for a sporting career. The former prep hoops and football star chose basketball out of high school and played the past four years at Kentucky.

There’s little questioning the athleticism of the 6-foot, 190-pound Hawkins, who turned in a vertical leap of 44.5 inches and 16 reps of a 185-pound bench press at Kentucky’s preseason combine in October. He apparently is being scouted as a possible defensive back if he chooses the NFL route.

Could Hawkins have a future in professional basketball? Perhaps. After all, despite his modest statistics on a loaded Wildcats roster, he was named to the SEC’s All-Tournament team, scoring a career-high 14 points in the finals against Arkansas. Kentucky coach called Hawkins — who was a fan-favorite — “Old Reliable” for his defense and energy as a reserve for the team that made the Elite 8.

“Because he is a fierce competitor, he’s tough as nails,” Calipari said in February, via the Journal.

The Cowboys drafted former Baylor basketball standout Rico Gathers as a tight end last year in Round 6, and despite him spending the season on the team’s practice squad Gathers has had a nice offseason and is expected to be a contributor.

Could Hawkins be the next hoops-to-football convert? Stay tuned. It appears he wants to see if he has a chance at basketball first, but if not the Cowboys could offer him a decent Plan B.

(h/t Dallas Morning News)

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