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Dominique Hawkins back at practice

The Kentucky Wildcats should be fully healthy when they open their 2015-16 college basketball season on Friday vs Albany.

The one question mark was junior guard Dominique Hawkins, who suffered a broken bone in his right hand back in the first week of October, which sidelined him for a month before he was able to practice for the past month.

Thankfully, Hawkins shed his cast two weeks ago before he was able to start practicing again this past weekend and continues to with Friday's opener inching closer.

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 and helped the Cats advance to the Final Four during the 2013-14 season. Though he played sparingly on last year's loaded team, Hawkins is expected to be more of a factor this coming season.