ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Aubrey Dawkins is a highlight waiting to happen.
On Saturday night, Michigan’s rising sophomore added a few highlights to his resume, as he put on a dunking clinic in U-M’s 105-46 win against Youngstown State.
Late in the first half, with U-M in solid control of the game against YSU, Dawkins put the Crisler Center crowd on thier feet with a spectacular one handed alley-oop dunk from a smooth under hand pass from Derrick Walton Jr.
“It happens fast,” Dawkins recalled of his dunk. “Especially the alley-oop dunk earlier. Those happen fast, there is defender in the way, then ‘boom!’ It’s over.
“I didn’t know I made it. It just happened so fast, I was like ‘Wow, I guess I made it, people are cheering.’”
Dawkins, who would finish with a season-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the win, ended the first-half with another highlight dunk. This time Walton Jr. left him a baby bounce pass as he went up for a 360 degree two handed flush.
“We’ve planned that in open gym basketball enough games, I know the type of connection that we have and if he sees me with chance to throw down a ‘cool monster dunk’ whatever you want to call it, he’s going to find me and make it happen,” Dawkins said of Walton Jr., who also finished with a triple-double in the win.
Adding: “I just feels really good,” Dawkins said of dunking in a game. “Obviously people see me in warm ups and stuff, even some practice videos. But to do it in the game in live setting, makes just that much more fun.”
Dawkins, who also shot 2-of-5 form 3s, says he’s going to use his breakout performance as “confidence” booster moving forward this season.
“I’m just trying to figure out how to play the best basketball for my team,” Dawkins said. “I think this a good confidence booster fro myself and the team, we played a great game. If we play like every night, I think we can win a lot of games. So not just myself, but the team I think it was a great confidence booster.”
Michigan (9-3) plays host to Bryant (2-9) this Wednesday at 7 p.m.