Michigan's Prestige Won Out with Dawkins

It didn't take long for 2014 New Hampton (N.H.) wing Aubrey Dawkins make up his mind after returning home from his final official visit. In the end the combination of academics and athletics at Michigan was too good to pass up. 

Aubrey Dawkins knew his decision would come down to a feeling.  Monday afternoon he could no longer fight the one telling him to go to become a Wolverine.

“It was a tough decision, but a degree from Michigan carries more weight than one from Dayton,” Dawkins said.  Not necessarily because it’s better academically, but because it’s Michigan.”

“Dayton was a great place.  Awesome campus and awesome people.”

But Michigan wound up being the place he will eventually call home.  His official visit a few weeks ago opened his eyes to the type of family he’d be walking into and the ideal role they will be asking to play on the floor.

“It was a great great staff,” Dawkins said regarding John Beilein & company.  “(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.”

At a self-reported 6-6, 185 lbs., Dawkins will bring some of the bounce that Michigan lost with Robinson’s departure.  At the same time, the newest Wolverine knows he is far from a finished product.

“I think my game is an all-around game,” he said.  “I don’t think I do anything especially good. I do a lot of things well. Taking it to the basket, shooting from outside, high IQ, value the ball, athletic. I think that about sums it up. Make the best play, not settle for outside shots, take contested shots, do anything I can to win really.”

Dawkins’ pledge brings the number of incoming freshmen for Michigan to six.  Due to Mitch McGary’s recent decision to depart for the NBA there is still one more scholarship available that the Wolverines could use to add another signee or transfer.  One such possibility is Nevada transfer Cole Huff, though no firm plans for a visit to Ann Arbor have been made yet.

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