UM's Dawkins will transfer to UCF, play for father

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Aubrey Dawkins

Ann Arbor -- Michigan's roster has lost another player.

Aubrey Dawkins will transfer to Central Florida, where he will play for his father, newly-hired Johnny Dawkins.

Dawkins was hired at Central Florida last month, after being fired following eight seasons as head coach at Stanford.

"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," said Michigan coach John Beilein, who coached his son, Patrick, at West Virginia.

"Aubrey is a wonderful and thoughtful young man who has a bright future in front of him. We wish him well."

Dawkins, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound swingman from Palo Alto, California, will have to sit out a season, due to NCAA transfer regulations.

He played two seasons at Michigan, serving as the sixth man this season and averaging 6.5 points. He played all 36 games, starting nine.

Dawkins started each game with a pregame highlight dunk before joining his teammates in a huddle on the middle of the court.

"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.

"Coach 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 UM fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special.”

Dawkins is the third player to transfer since the season ended with a loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament last month, following Spike Albrecht and Ricky Doyle.

Theoretically, Albrecht could now return to Michigan, given the Wolverines are one under on scholarships with the loss of Dawkins, though Michigan's need for a point guard isn't great, with Derrick Walton Jr. returning and Xavier Simpson coming in.

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