Frank Martin has seen two high-profile JUCO recruits commit to other schools in the last week.
It hasn't stopped him from searching high and low looking for players to be a part of the 2013-2014 Gamecocks basketball team.
A new name on the board is Dominique Hawkins.
Hawkins has seen his stock blow up in recent weeks to the tune that Kentucky is scouting him currently with head coach John Calipari in attendance at a few of his recent games. Hawkins recently scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help his team, Madison Central, reach the Sweet 16 title game on Sunday. Hawkins was a driving force again on Sunday as he helped lead Madison Central to a Sweet 16 title with a 65-64 win over Ballard.
It appears that Frank Martin has jumped in at the right time as the Gamecocks are in need of a big-time scoring guard and Hawkins appears to be the right fit. The tough part will be fighting off the Kentucky Wildcats. Right now, UK has yet to offer Hawkins but he himself has professed his love for Kentucky basketball since he was "in diapers." If Calipari elects to pass on Hawkins, Frank Martin may be the benefactor here and could add a valuable player here to turn around this Gamecock basketball program.
The Mr. Basketball finalist in the state of Kentucky has offers from schools like Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Tennessee State and Valparaiso. The 6-foot-1 point guard is on the verge of being one of the highest-scoring players in the Sweet 16 tournament history. He currently is averaged 28.7 points per game before Sunday's finale.
There appears to be no timetable set for Hawkins at this time but certainly with his high school career finished today, he'll be focusing heavily on recruiting down the stretch. South Carolina appears to be his best opportunity for a high-level basketball program unless Kentucky steps forward with an offer. If Kentucky doesn't, it may look good for the Gamecocks.