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Dominique Hawkins suffers injury in Kentucky basketball practice

The potential for Dominique Hawkins to have a breakout junior campaign just took an unfortunate turn.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have suffered their first injury of the 2015-16 college basketball season. The school announced in a press release Monday night that junior guard Dominique Hawkins will miss the next four weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand.

Hawkins will undergo surgery Tuesday but is expected to return to practice in early November after suffering the injury in practice over the weekend.

"I really feel bad to have to report this because Dom was playing so well," head coach John Calipari said. "He was so much more confident, so much more skilled. There was no doubt he was in the rotation, and now he’s just got to get back and stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in November."

Hawkins has played in 56 games in his Kentucky career, including nine starts in his sophomore season. The Richmond, Ky., native has been one of UK’s best on-ball defenders. His defense on Nik Stauskas during the 2014 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game was key to UK pulling off the win and advancing to the Final Four the season.

Get well soon Hawk.