Although news broke this past summer that Duke guard Andre Dawkins was planning on redshirting the 2012-2013 college basketball season, CBS Sports reported on Monday that Dawkins will be completely absent from the team, meaning he would also not partake in practice and team meetings.
Reports have surfaced that Dawkins wanted to take a year off from basketball, mainly to mourn the loss of his sister, Lacey, who passed away in a tragic car accident while driving to a Duke/St. John’s game to watch Andre play in December of 2009. It was first believed that he would still practice with the team and be a traditional redshirt. Dawkins is still academically enrolled at Duke, but has been absent from the basketball team, most noticeably, he isn’t in the basketball team’s official team photo for the first time in four seasons.
After forgoing his senior year of high school eligibility to be an early entry student athlete at Duke, Dawkins’ three years in Durham have been up-and-down to say the least. The team’s top scorer off of the bench as a freshman, Dawkins was one of the team’s best three-point shooters when they won the national championship in 2010. As he’s arguably become more dangerous from deep every season, the rest of Dawkins game hasn’t taken the steps many Cameron Crazies and coach Mike Krzyzewski alike have hoped it would.
Dawkin’s junior season was definitely his best , as he averaged career highs in points (8.4) and rebounds (2.1) per game, and showed signs of being the dynamic shooting guard that he was recruited to be. The high point of the season came in mid-November, when Dawkins went for 26 points in a big early season matchup with Michigan State, but it was worrisome that he only managed to reach the 20-point plateau three more times on the season.
There’s no arguing how talented Dawkins is, so hopefully this time away from the sport will allow him the chance to improve his mental state, and if all goes according to plan, continue his journey in the 2012-13 season. We’ll keep you posted.
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