Q&A With Andre Dawkins

Scout.com went one-on-one with Andre Dawkins, of Virginia Beach (Va.) Atlantic Shores Christian, to get an update on his spring and his recruitment.

How do you think you played in the spring?
It ‘s going pretty well I guess. I'm trying to do a little bit more in the next couple of tournaments.

You were on a loaded team at Nike Hoop Jamboree and you had a good week, what were your thoughts on how you played?
I thought I played very well. I came in with a lot of confidence and I had a great week of workouts before I went up there. I had a lot of confidence and I felt like I did really well.

On your AAU team you play behind some upperclassmen, what do you think of your role on that team?
Just like in college, playing time is never a guarantee, so it just makes me hungrier and makes me want to work harder to prove that I can be up there with those guys.

At the Hoop Jamboree you seemed to go to the basket more than you do with your AAU team. Is that something you've been working on?
There's more freedom and not as much pressure. If you make a mistake you aren't going to get yanked out of the game. There was a lot more freedom than an AAU game.

You can't just be a shooter. My role on that team is to come in and be a spark and hit shots. That's just what I try to do and I try and fit into my little niche.

What about the high school season, how did that turn out?
We did well. I felt like we should have won the state title. We'll be ready for another run this year.

Sounds like you are still a little upset about it…
I was kind of shaken up for a while after that one, but there's always next year I guess.

How is the recruiting process going?
It's going well. I'm getting a lot of mail and a lot of calls. It's not hectic. It's not that bad yet, but it's getting there.

Coaches could start calling juniors-to-be on June 15th…who all have you heard from?
I've gotten a lot of calls. I got a call from Tom Crean from Indiana. Seth Greenberg, Oliver Purnell, Dave Leitao, Coach [Mike Krzyzewski], Coach [Pat] Kelsey from Wake, Coach [Larry] Shyatt from Florida and [Chuck] Driesell from Maryland. Johnny Dawkins from Stanford called too.

Have majority of those schools offered?
All offers except for Indiana.

Are you starting to dive into the whole process a little more?
I'm getting into it a little bit more. I just got back from Duke. I went down there on Monday for an unofficial. It went really well. I had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. They were really excited about me and they really want me.

Did you get a chance to sit down with Coach K while you were in town?
He flew in from Chicago because they were having a USA thing. They were announcing the USA team. He flew down. After we played some pick up games I sat down with him and the rest of his staff and we talked for a while.

Where are you at with the process, are you close to making a decision?
I could be close. I said before that I was going to wait, but if I know where I want to go, I'll just go ahead and make that decision.

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