|1 Cliff Hawkins
Looks to return to the starting lineup after serving as UK's sixth man in 2003 ... Is one of the top returning point guards in the nation, averaging 3.8 apg ... Currently ranks 12th all-time at UK in assists and is on track to finish in the top eight.
Played in 29 games with one start as a junior ... Missed the first seven games of the season after academic troubles sidelined him for the fall semester ... Playing the sixth-man role, the Wildcats went 27-2 after he returned to the lineup on Dec. 21 ... Had career best shooting percentages -- 74.7 percent from the charity stripe and 38.1 percent from three-point range ... Led the team in assists, averaging 3.8 per game ... Had a 1.8:1 assist-to-turnover average on the season ... Played 26 minutes in his season debut against Indiana scoring four points, five assists, five boards and two assists in the win ... Had an excellent week of play in late February, going 8-for-10 in the two games against Arkansas and Mississippi State ... Had a season-high 14 points against Mississippi State on 5-for-6 shooting ... Totaled 17 assists in the SEC Tournament, averaging 5.7 pg ... Had a season-high nine dishes in the win over Vanderbilt ... Had nine points on 4-of-8 shooting against Auburn in the conference tourney ... Had 13 points, including two three-pointers, six assists and two steals in 22 minutes in UK's NCAA win over IUPUI ... Followed with 13 points, including 8-for-8 shooting from the charity stripe, in the win over Utah ... Was named honorable mention All-SEC by The Associated Press.
Started 29 of the 32 games in 2002 including the last 26 ... Led the team in assists and ranked fourth in the SEC with 4.3 apg, the best assist average by a Cat since Wayne Turner's 4.4 apg in 1998 ... Averaged 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 4.7 apg in the NCAA Tournament ... Won three awards at the postseason team banquet: Most Assists, Co-Most Improved and Mr. Deflection ... Was strong against Florida (3/2), finishing with eight points, including a jumper in the lane with 1:37 remaining to tie the game ... Followed with two free throws to seal the victory with 12.4 seconds to play ... Scored three points inside the final two minutes against UT (2/19) to give UK the lead ... Was 5-of-8 from the field to finish with 11 points, three assists, four steals and no turnovers in 25 minutes ... Sank the game-winning shot against South Carolina on Jan. 12 with 3.4 seconds remaining ... Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Florida (1/29) ... Posted a career-best 10 assists against Mississippi State, including nine in the first half ... Had a career performance for the second time in a week with 17 points against Indiana on Dec. 22 ... Also tied career highs with six FGs, two 3FGs and 31 minutes ... Against Duke four days earlier, scored 15 points in 22 minutes, including nine of the Cats' first 11 in overtime ... Made his first career start against Western Kentucky.
Saw action in all but one game ... Play improved late in the season -- totaled a seven assists vs. LSU and broke out of a 3-game shooting slump with a 4-of-7 performance (8 points) vs. Arkansas (2/25/01) ... Matched that shooting effort vs. Auburn, scoring nine points ... Against Vanderbilt (2/17), had three points, two assists, no turnovers and three steals, his fifth no-turnover performance of the season ... In five first-half minutes vs. Georgia on Jan. 6 -- four points on 2-of-3 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals ... In five first-half minutes vs. S. Carolina on Jan. 10 -- two points, two boards and two assists ... Tremendous spark off the bench vs. North Carolina -- 5-of-9 shooting, 11 points, five assists and one turnover ... Scored his first career field goal against Jacksonville State: 15 minutes, 2-of-3 shooting and four steals.
As a senior, led Oak Hill to a 30-2 record and a No. 2 national ranking ... As a junior, the Warriors were 32-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, ESPN and The Associated Press ... As a senior, averaged a double-double -- 10.1 points and 12.5 assists per game ... Also set the school record for assists in a season with 400, surpassing the marks of current NBA guards Jeff McInnis, Rod Strickland and Cory Alexander ... Also set a school record with 167 steals as a senior (5.2 spg), breaking his own mark of 120 set during his junior season ... He shot 66.7% from the free throw line, 48.0% from the field and grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game ... Was named MVP of the Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu, defeating the nation's No. 1 team, Dominguez (Calif.) in the title game... Also earned MVP honors in the Beach Ball Classic, tallying 12 points and 11 rebounds in the final game vs. Seton Hall Prep... After his final season, played in the Ky. Derby Festival, tallying 12 points and six rebounds, and participated in the ACC/USA Hoops Challenge... As a junior, he averaged 11.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.4 apg and 3.9 spg while playing shooting guard as Oak Hill was crowned national champion... Shot 50.0% from the field and 65.5% from the foul line... As a sophomore at Potomac High School, he led the team to a state runner-up finish... In the state semifinals, he held Ronald Curry, the '98 National Player of the Year, to six points, while tallying 31 in the winning effort... Earned first-team Class AAA All-State honors before transferring to Oak Hill... Played on the 1998 DC Assault AAU team with current Wildcat Keith Bogans... Chose UK over New Mexico.
Born Nov. 24, 1981 in Alexandria, Va.... Son of Ricky Hunter and Monique Wilhite ... Major is kinesiology.
Smith on Hawkins
"Cliff has worked extremely hard on his jumpshot. I think he will be a key player for us this season. He is talented enough to lead us in a lot of offensive and defensive categories."
Full Name: Clifton Hawkins
Birthdate: Nov. 24, 1981
Place of Birth: Alexandria, Va.
Parents: Monique Wilhite and Ricky Hunter
Siblings: Aleisha, Maurice, Andre
High School Coach: Steve Smith
High School Mascot: Warriors
Questions and Answers
My most exciting win was: The Florida game at home
The best player I've ever played against was: Steve Francis
I picked my jersey number because: My favorite was unavailable
My favorite sports announcer is: Bill Walton
The most important thing I've learned since I came to Kentucky is: Patience
The toughest arena I've ever played in is: Florida's O'Connell Center
My dream date is: Halle Berry
My shoe size is: 12
My all-time favorite movie is: Scarface
The last DVD I purchased was: Martin Lawrence's Runteldat
If I could switch places with a person for one day, it would be: The President
My favorite all-time sporting event I saw on TV was: The 49ers winning the Super Bowl with Steve Young
Not many people know this but I: Am the strongest person on the court night after night
The place that I'd most like to visit is: Jamaica
I first picked up a basketball at age: 10
The CD that is currently in my player is: 50 Cent
My Derby horse would be named: Zo
The team I would most like to see on our schedule is: Duke
Year G-S Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. Reb.-Avg. PF-D AT TO BS St TP-Avg.
00-01 33-0 362-11.0 39-100 .390 3-13 .231 19-32 .594 36-1.1 61-0 54 59 1 34 100-3.0
01-02 32-29 827-25.8 79-201 .393 19-61 .311 49-81 .605 84-2.6 88-2 136 95 0 48 226-7.1
02-03 29-1 634-29.1 56-136 .412 16-42 .381 56-75 .747 64-2.2 70-0 111 62 6 42 184-6.3
Totals 94-30 1823-19.4 174-437 .398 38-116 .328 124-188 .660 184-2.0 219-2 301 216 7 124 510-5.4
Hawkins' Career Highs
Points 17 Indiana 12/22/01
FG Made 6 Twice
FG Atts 16 Duke 12/18/01
3FG Made 3 South Carolina 2/2/02
3FG Atts 6 Duke 12/18/01
FT Made 8 Utah 3/23/03
FT Atts 10 Auburn 1/22/02
Rebounds 7 Florida 1/29/02
Assists 10 Mississippi St. 1/5/02
Turnovers 6 Three times
Blocks 2 South Carolina 1/11/03
Steals 5 Twice
Minutes 42 Mississippi St. 1/5/02