Overall, the move isn't all that surprising as Dawkins will take advantage of the opportunity to play for his father Johnny Dawkins, now the head coach at the University of Central Florida.
"While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable," Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement. "I was able to coach my son and see him grow as a person and player and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"Aubrey is a wonderful and thoughtful young man who has a bright future in front of him. We wish him well."
After becoming a key offensive weapon as a freshman in the 2014-15 season, even tallying a career-high 31-points against Rutgers, Dawkins spent the 2015-16 season coming off the bench in a more limited role for the Wolverines.
Dawkins started 22 of 66 games in his career, averaging 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
At the end of the day, being coached by his dad in college was simply too good to pass up.
"This was not an easy decision, however, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my family," Dawkins said in a statement. "Coach Beilein and Michigan took a chance on me and that is something I will never forget.
"I want to thank all the coaches, staff and especially the U-M fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special. Go Blue."
Dawkins will have two years of eligibility remaining in his collegiate career after sitting out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.