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Aubrey Dawkins to transfer to Central Florida

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Aubrey Dawkins(Dustin Johnson, UM Hoops)

The Michigan basketball program lost a third member of its team on Wednesday morning. Sophomore Aubrey Dawkins announced his intention to transfer to Central Florida to play for his father, new UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins.

“This was not an easy decision, however, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my family,” Dawkins said in an official release. “Coach (John) Beilein and Michigan took a chance on me and that is something I will never forget. I want to thank all the coaches, staff and especially the U-M fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special. Go Blue.”

John Beilein compared Dawkins’ opportunity to one that he had while at West Virginia.

“While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable,” said Beilein. “I was able to coach my son and see him grow as a person and player and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Aubrey is a wonderful and thoughtful young man who has a bright future in front of him. We wish him well.”

In two seasons at Michigan, Dawkins started 22 games and averaged 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He shot 43.9 percent from three-point range, making 83 of 189 attempts. He scored a career high 31 points against Rutgers during his freshman season, making eight three-pointers, which is the second-most in a game in program history.

The elder Dawkins spent eight seasons as head coach at Stanford where he compiled a 156-115 record, including two NIT titles and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He was let go after the 2015-16 season and quickly hired by UCF just eight days later. The Knights went 12-18 each of the past two seasons and 13-18 the year before. Their last winning record was in 2012-13 when they went 20-11. Dawkins will have to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will then have two seasons of eligibility.

Following the transfers of Spike Albrecht and Ricky Doyle, which put Michigan’s scholarship situation at even, Dawkins’ departure gives Beilein a scholarship to work with. He could go after a late flyer, seek out a graduate transfer such as Valparaiso’s Alec Peters, or bank it for next year’s recruiting class.

Michigan basketball season preview: Freshman Aubrey Dawkins

Monday, November 10th, 2014


Michigan Basketball is right around the corner, and it’s time now to start looking at the new and returning Wolverines as we begin to preview the upcoming 2014-15 season. As in the past, we will begin by taking a look at the unknowns – the freshmen – and continue with position-by-position breakdowns featuring the rest of the squad and conclude with a complete season preview, including our picks for breakout players, team MVP, record, postseason finish, and more. Get excited!

Next up is freshman wing Aubrey Dawkins.
Previously: Ricky Doyle, Kameron Chatman, D.J. Wilson, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman

#24 Aubrey Dawkins
Measurements 6’6″, 190 7/18/14 Men's basketball promos
Hometown Palo Alto, Calif.
High School Palo Alto HS
High School Stats (2012-13) 18.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists per game
Prep School New Hampton Prep
Prep School Stats (2013-14) 12.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists per game
AAU Arizona Magic
Projected Position(s) Wing
Committed April 28, 2014
Major Suitors Dayton, Rhode Island
Chance of Redshirt 40 percent
Recruiting Rankings
Rivals NR
Scout 3-star – NR
ESPN 2-star – Overall: NR, Position: 101, State: 53 (Calif), Grade: 65
247 3-star – Overall: NR, Position: 71, State: 8 (N.H.), Grade: 84
247 Composite 2-star – Overall: 385, Position: 88, State: 11

Background: Aubrey Dawkins is the son of former Duke great and current Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins, but he certainly didn’t achieve the fame his father did before stepping on campus.

In high school, Aubrey was dwarfed by his 6’2″ father. Standing at just 5’8″ through his sophomore season at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California, Dawkins was less than a blip on the recruiting radar of any colleges. In the blink of an eye, however, Aubrey shot past his dad, growing to 6’5″ by the time his senior season hit full stride at Palo Alto High, and 6’6″ today. After putting up strong scoring and rebounding numbers in his final two years of high school, Aubrey Dawkins was yearning for more interest from the next level.

Instead, however, the younger Dawkins, like Spike Albrecht before him, had to go to prep school after graduating from high school to attract major college attention. He chose to fly coast-to-coast to powerhouse NEPSAC program New Hampton Prep in New Hampton, New Hampshire — the one-time home of former Wolverine Evan Smotrycz.

In prep school, Dawkins’s game continued to evolve, and his shooting and athleticism, along with his ideal size, pedigree, and exposure, figured to turn him into a more coveted prospect.

But the season in New Hampshire merely turned up mid-major offers from the likes of Rhode Island and Dayton — respectable programs, to be sure, but far from elite.

Enter John Beilein’s watchful eye.

With a few roster spots still available on Michigan’s 2014-15 roster, Beilein kept his options open and reached out to Dawkins after the Maize and Blue’s Elite Eight finish in March. The scouting and scouring paid off, as Dawkins didn’t take long to buy what the Wolverines were selling despite having been recruited much longer by the Flyers of Dayton.

On April 28, Dawkins pledged to spend his college years in Ann Arbor and signed in the late signing period a little more than a week after. With his prayers answered, Dawkins’s future is now his own to write.


What He Will Provide:

1. Athleticism: Michigan lost hyper-athlete Glenn Robinson III to the NBA this offseason, but Dawkins should be able to replace a good deal of that. It’s not hard to see in any of his highlight videos that Dawkins can simply jump out of the gym. Beilein’s offense has developed more and more over the years to include increased fast break and alley-oop opportunities, as he’s recruited better athletes, and it should be no different this year. With a very young team, the coach will obviously be quick to pull the leash on anyone throwing up wild alley-oop attempts, but with the way Dawkins jumps, he won’t miss many. Dawkins’s quickness and prep school experience should also help him develop into a plus-defender in time.

2.Shooting: At this point in his career, Dawkins is not the most comfortable player with the ball in his hands driving to the basket, but he will benefit immensely from players like Derrick Walton, Caris LeVert, and Spike Albrecht, who will all be able to find him sitting on the perimeter waiting to kill the defense for leaving him open. Dawkins possesses an easy stroke and a quick release that doesn’t need much work. If he can knock down his outside shots with consistency, he’ll work his way into minutes, and he looks capable of stretching the defense at this point.

What He Will Have to Work On:

1.Ball-handling: There’s plenty of video on Dawkins out there, but there’s not a whole lot of him dribbling. That’s usually a sign that a player has work to do on his handles, and ESPN’s scouting report says as much:

“If Dawkins wants to take his game to another level, he must get better handling pressure while dribbling. His handle can get sloppy when defenders get into him-especially when he goes left.”

2. Strength: It’s great to be a shooter in Beilein’s offense, and it’s always a plus to be an athlete, but to excel at the highest level, Dawkins will need to be comfortable putting the ball on the floor and driving to the hole on occasion as well. With guys like Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin in front of him, Dawkins has to provide something those players can’t to see significant time this season. Both of them can shoot as well as, if not better than, Dawkins at this point, and are probably better slashers as well. Look for Dawkins to really focus on becoming a lockdown defender and diversifying his offensive game.

Burning Question: Can Dawkins win the back-up spot to Zak Irvin and Caris LeVert?

It’s safe to assume right now that LeVert and Irvin will both be starting on the wings and play 30+ minutes per game. But that leaves probably 10-15 minutes a night. Aubrey Dawkins has the size, shooting, and athleticism to compete for that handful of minutes, but he’ll be going against fellow freshmen Kam Chatman and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, and Spike Albrecht on occasion.

Stat Predictions: 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 turnovers, 45% FG, 36% 3pt., 75% FT, 5 minutes per game

Bottom Line: Dawkins is very similar to a freshman Tim Hardaway, Jr. a few years back, but he doesn’t have as easy a path to playing time as the NBA sophomore did. John Beilein certainly loves Dawkins’s shooting and leaping abilities right now, and like Abdur-Rahkman, I think Dawkins will play spot minutes, but he’ll be hard-pressed to find consistent playing time with a few experienced guards in his way.

New in Blue: Aubrey Dawkins

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Aubrey Dawkins
(Samuel Chang, Prep2Prep)

Aubrey Dawkins – SF | 6-5, 185 | New Hampton, N.H. | New Hampton Prep
ESPN: 2-star, #101 SF Rivals: 3-star 247: 3-star, #321 nationally Scout: 2-star
Other top offers: Dayton, Rhode Island

John Beilein picked up his second addition to the 2014 recruiting class in as many weeks when Aubrey Dawkins pledged his commitment on Monday afternoon. The son of former Duke star and current Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins chose the Wolverines over Dayton.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing visited Michigan two weeks ago along with Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and received an offer, but wanted to wait on his decision. He enjoyed an extended visit to Dayton last week before ultimately deciding on Michigan.

Dawkins transferred from Palo Alto High School where he averaged 18.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game to New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire and averaged 13 points per game this past season. While he didn’t have many offers, his former coach at Palo Alto thinks he has plenty of upside.

“The sky’s the limit for him,” said Palo Alto coach Adam Sax last year. “He grew so fast, he didn’t have the weight. He’s been working hard in the weight room. He’s been lifting for the last two years. Once his body gets stronger, then he’s going to be pretty much unstoppable.”

Like Abdur-Rahkman, Dawkins compares somewhat to Caris LeVert in the sense that he’s an underrated wing with plenty of potential. He won’t play much of a role as a freshman, but once he gets some time in the system and the weight room, could be a solid contributor. Most importantly, he provides depth at the wing position following the departures of Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III.

Michigan’s 2014 class is now six deep — Dawkins, Abdur-Rahkman, Kameron Chatman, D.J. Wilson, Ricky Doyle, and Austin Hatch — and has one scholarship remaining following Mitch McGary’s early exit. That spot is likely reserved for Nevada big man Cole Huff should he choose Michigan over Creighton, Dayton, and Iowa.