Ann Arbor, MI. The University of Michigan’s Men’s Basketball Team announced Wednesday morning that Aubrey Dawkins will be transferring to the University of Central Florida. Dawkins’ father, Johnny Dawkins, was recently hired as the head coach at UCF. Dawkins is the Wolverines’ third transfer of the offseason, following the departures of Ricky Doyle and Spike Albrecht.
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Dawkins’ transfer will certainly hurt Michigan’s depth at the wing position. As Michigan’s roster currently stands, only Duncan Robinson has shown the ability to consistently contribute at the position. While Kameron Chatman had a clutch, game-winning shot in Michigan’s Big Ten Tournament victory over Indiana, he has been very inconsistent in his two seasons.
Dawkins’ transfer does bring Michigan to 12 scholarships, leaving them with one open scholarship to fill for next season. Look for Michigan try to fill this scholarship with a graduate transfer, who would be eligible to play immediately next season.
As for their own graduate transfer, Spike Albrecht, Michigan now has a scholarship available. However, given that Michigan will have point guards Derrick Walton and Xavier Simpson on the roster next season, it seems likely that Michigan and Albrecht will still move their separate ways. When asked about a possible Albrecht return at a press conference Thursday, John Beilein said, “We’ll have discussions about it.” Whether those discussions lead to a return remains to be seen.