Andre Dawkins will return to Duke

When the Blue Devils begin the off-season workout schedule there will be a familiar face taking part in the drills and exercises as fifth year senior Andre Dawkins has announced his return.

Dawkins announced his return to the Duke program via his personal twitter account, writing:

"Excited to say that I will be a part of the 2013-2014 Duke Men's Basketball Team. Thanks to everyone for the support throughout the year"

The 6-foot-4 scoring guard would then add that he spent most of this year preparing himself for the challenge of being a senior leader.

"I want to get a fresh start and be a different player than I was. In October, you will see a different Andre Dawkins," Dawkins wrote on Twitter. "This year was tough to be away but I feel like I have grown immensely off the court and am ready to come back and help the team win."

The first step of that process involved a lengthy meeting with the coaching staff which culminated in a one on one conversation with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Following that, Dawkins selected a locker and informed the equipment staff that he would be changing his number.

"I have changed my number to 34 in part of my admiration of Ray Allen and all that he's done in his career primarily shooting the basketball."

As a junior during the 2011-2012 season, Dawkins averaged 8.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game, while appearing in 34 contests and earning 14 starts.

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