Michigan sophomore guard Aubrey Dawkins is leaving the Wolverines so he may transfer to Central Florida and play for his father, Johnny, who was just hired as the new head coach of the Knights. Dawkins’ decision was posted to the official Twitter of the basketball program.
A small forward from the San Francisco area, Dawkins averaged 6.5 points over 15.8 minutes per game in Ann Arbor last season, shooting 50 percent from the field. Per NCAA bylaws, he will need to sit out the 2016-17 season but will have two years of eligibility remaining after that.
And it appears that the prospect of playing for his father in a grander role was just too hard for Dawkins to turn down. Johnny Dawkins was hired at UCF last month after being let go by Stanford and owns a career record of 156-115 across eight seasons with the Cardinal. Dawkins led Stanford to a pair of NIT titles as well as a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014.
Now that Aubrey Dawkins will be joining his father, perhaps UCF can now look forward to its first NCAA Tournament since 2005.
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