Dawkins transferring to Central Florida

Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 4:59pm

Like father, like son.

Michigan men’s basketball sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins is following his father, Johnny Dawkins, to Central Florida. Michigan announced on Wednesday that Dawkins will transfer to Central Florida next season.

Johnny Dawkins became the head coach at Central Florida on March 24. He had previously been the head coach at Stanford for eight seasons before being let go after going 15-15 this year.

The Knights just completed a 12-18 season, failing to qualify for postseason play.

“While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable,” said Michigan coach John Beilein in a press relase. “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.”

“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 the 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.”

In two years with the Wolverines, Dawkins appeared in 66 of 68 games. He started 13 games his freshman year and began this past season as a starter before losing his spot to redshirt sophomore Duncan Robinson after nine games.

Dawkins was one of Michigan’s best shooters, shooting at a 49 percent clip in his two seasons and averaging 6.7 points per game. But after losing his starting spot, his minutes became less consistent. He averages fewer than 10 minutes per game in Michigan’s last five games.