Michigan made a strong play to fortify its roster last weekend by offering both Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins during their official visits last weekend. The former quickly accepted the invitation. The latter, while extremely impressed opted to dedicate more time to the evaluation process.
“It was awesome,” said Dawkins of his time in Ann Arbor. “I really enjoyed it, it was fun. My mom came with me. She likes it.”
”It definitely moved them up on I guess my list. It’s not very extensive anymore but yeah, definitely. I am very interested in them and their program. I knew I wasn’t going to commit on the visit. I already have a visit to Dayton (set up), so I knew that was going to happen too. I knew I wasn’t going to commit on the visit. I wanted to come back and talk to (my parents) and see what they thought and things like that.”
Looking back on it there are a lot of positives to reflect upon, especially the Michigan coaching staff.
“It was a great great staff,” said Dawkins. “(They’re) really close to each other, (they) all kind of complement each other very well. All very smart and intelligent guys.”
“They see me as a guy that is similar to Glenn Robinson… athletic, lean… just along those lines. They want me to play the wing spot.”
With a self-reported height closer to 6-6 than his listed height of 6-4 and impressive athleticism Dawkins believes that’s a role he would fit into just fine. As a matter of fact he would fit in with the Maize & Blue on and off the floor.
“I mostly hung with Caris (LeVert) and Cole McConnel and I spent a good amount with them the first day,” he said. “Zak (Irvin) as well. They were all great guys. Just great guys to be around. A really good group of guys.
“I played (open gym) with them. I did well. Nothing particularly outstanding but I played well. Derrick (Walton) is very good point guard.”
Whether he’ll be on the receiving end of Walton’s passes in the future remains to be seen
At the moment all that stands between Dalton and a decision is next weekend’s trip to Dayton.