Aubrey Dawkins Transfers To UCF To Play For Father

    Aubrey Dawkins has decided to transfer to UCF. He is leaving Michigan for the opportunity to play for his father, Johnny Dawkins.

    April 6, 2016

    Aubrey Dawkins has decided to transfer to UCF. He is leaving Michigan for the opportunity to play for his father, Johnny Dawkins.


    Central Florida’s newly hired basketball coach Johnny Dawkins will have at least one familiar face on his roster in Orlando.

    Dawkins’ son, Aubrey, will be transferring from Michigan to play for his father and the Knights, the Detroit News reports.

    The 6’6, 205 lbs. guard/forward spent two seasons playing for the Wolverines, averaging 6.5 points this past season while playing in all 36 games. He will have to sit out one season due to the NCAA transfer regulations before taking the court as a redshirt junior.

    “This was not an easy decision,” Dawkins said. “However, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my family.”

    Prior to his time with UCF the elder Dawkins spent eight years at Stanford, where he led the Cardinal to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014, two NIT Championships and a 156-115 overall record. He was fired by Stanford last month, and swiftly scooped up by Central Florida. Dawkins is now tasked with resurrecting a program that went 12-18 in 2015-16.

    Michigan head coach John Beilein knows how special it will be for Dawkins to coach his son, and takes no umbrage for his former player’s decision to leave Ann Arbor for Michigan.

    “While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable. 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,” Beilein said of undergoing a similar situation while at West Virginia.

    Joining Spike Albrecht and Ricky Doyle, Dawkins is now the third player to transfer from Michigan since the season ended, and makes the ninth player to transfer since 2011-12.

    Dawkins took time to acknowledge his former coach and program, ensuring that both parties appear to be parting amicably.

    “Coach Beilein and Michigan took a chance on me and that is something I will never forget,” Dawkins said. “I want to thank all the coaches, staff and especially UM fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special.”

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