Report: Aubrey Dawkins to visit Michigan this weekend

Dylan Burkhardt
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AYBRYDAWKINS_200_6_14[1]Class of 2014 guard Aubrey Dawkins is set to visit Michigan this weekend, according to a report by Sam Webb.

Dawkins will join Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on Michigan’s campus this weekend as the Wolverines look to add to their 2014 class. Michigan has two open scholarships in the class of 2014 after Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III opted to enter the NBA Draft after their sophomore seasons.

Dawkins is a 6-foot-4 guard from Palo Alto, California and the son of Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins. He attended the New Hampton School in Hampton, NH last year.

Dawkins also has a scholarship offer from Dayton.

Here are highlights of Dawkins in action this season at New Hampton.

  • sane1

    Two guys vying for one spot on campus together. Interesting. Dawkins must have seen this ship sailing with Rahkmad coming in this weekend.

  • TKWolverine

    Any chance we take one of these two guys and still pursue someone like Shayok, who is bigger and offers a different skill set?

    • jblair52

      I think Shayok is a 4 in Beilein’s system. I think the “4” spot is already well covered with Chatman and Wilson coming in. As much as I’d love to have another athlete, it just doesn’t seem like a great need at this point.

  • Cory

    Anyone know why Dawkins isn’t going to Stanford? I know it could be a simple as making his mark someplace else, their scholarship situation or admissions but I was just wondering if that’s something they’ve addressed publicly?

    • UMHoopsFan

      I know the admissions angle is getting play, but I don’t buy it. Stanford has a very good class coming in, four top 150 guys, including 3 top 100 guys. Either son didn’t want to play for dad or dad didn’t think it would be a good idea, or both.

      • Cory

        Thanks for the reply. With a class like that coming in it makes all the sense in the world for him to go somewhere else.

      • ShamrockCat

        Only offer he’s currently holding is Dayton, so I think the admissions angle might be in play.

        • UMHoopsFan

          I don’t follow your reasoning.

          • ShamrockCat

            If he’s really talented and hasn’t had admissions issues holding him back, he’d have offers from better schools than Dayton in pocket already.

          • UMHoopsFan

            I disagree. Does Dayton have lower admissions standards for athletes than SEC schools, or UNLV, or USF, etc.? If he was really talented and had admissions issues I think his offer list would look very different than just Dayton. That offer list and a prep school year and coming from a family of means very familiar with higher education suggests no admissions issues but not particularly sought after basketball-wise.

          • ShamrockCat

            In which case you’ve answered the question as to why Stanford wouldn’t be interested but not why Michigan would be. I don’t follow that reasoning at all. Places he’s not interested in are not going to offer him. It would appear that Dayton is the only place there is a mutual interest that meets other criteria as well.

      • Kenny

        Children of faculty and staff get free ride if they get admitted to Stanford. So he can walk-on the team without cost neither a scholarship or money from his father’s own pocket. The only reasonable answers are, in order of most likely to least likely
        1. admission
        2. he does not want to play with his father
        3. his father does not want to coach him

        • UMHoopsFan

          Preferred walk-ons don’t have to go through the regular admissions process, and neither do scholarship players. Admissions doesn’t really make sense unless you believe (1) that Stanford has a signficantly higher admissions standard than the B1G or the rest of the PAC 12 for athletes and (2) that Dawkins doesn’t meet those standards. It’s possible, but I don’t believe that Stanford’s athletes would’ve been accepted to the school anyway.

  • Victor

    How come they don’t have 3 open scholarships with Horford transferring?

    • UMHoopsFan

      Click the link to the scholarship breakdown. You might not be counting Hatch, but the indications are that the coaches consider him a basketball scholarship player.

      • Victor

        Yea, I clicked the link before, but say Stauskas & GR3 stayed and Horford didn’t transfer. They wouldn’t have had enough scholarships to accommodate the incoming class.

        • UMHoopsFan

          I think the coaches assumed that there would be at least one scholarship open through attrition — it was pretty clear that GRIII and McGary planned to leave for the NBA, and transfers occur. Also, Horford would’ve already received 4 years on scholarship, so he could’ve been given the firm handshake.
          Beilein and co. have seemed pretty clear that Hatch will be on basketball scholarship at least for now.

      • MAZS

        Hatch will get a medical waiver

        • UMHoopsFan

          This has been said with much confidence on message boards, but I have yet to see one citation to any reliable authority that Hatch will be on anything but a basketball scholarship next year.

          • MAZS

            Well, since he won’t be close to medically ready and he qualifies for a medical waiver, it would be ridiculous not to do so if we have need for a scholarship. I am not sure what you consider a “reliable authority” as I wouldn’t expect Beilein to opine on it until necessary. Perhaps, Dylan or Joe can illuminate–though I don’t know how reliable they are :-)

          • UMHoopsFan

            One thing to consider: I believe once you go on a medical scholarship you can never play NCAA ball again. Hatch has said that while academics is his first priority, hoops gives him something to shoot for. Like I said, I’ve read how a medical waiver is certain or the only non-ridiculous option, but I’ve never heard any reliable source say that’s the chosen course. And if you’re looking for Dylan’s thoughts, his scholarship chart and statement regarding two open scholarships are a good start.

        • ShamrockCat

          Have seen it either on MLive or Freep, don’t remember which, but as of very recently, Beilein maintains Hatch will be on a basketball scholarship. That could change, but that was on twitter just a few days ago.

          • ShamrockCat

            Here ya go, from Nick Baumgardner at MLive on Twitter:

            Nick Baumgardner ‏@nickbaumgardner Apr 15

            Beilein maintains that Austin Hatch will be on a regular athletic scholarship.

  • Paul

    Dawkins reminds me of Josh Jackson. Kudos to Beilein for as usual finding diamonds in the rough!

  • Jake

    I was really impressed by Josh Richardson when we played Tennessee, Dawkins has a similar game.

  • Wayman Britt

    Haven’t seen much tape of Dawkins, but he sure can jump. He looks quick too.

  • Chris De Sana

    Based on how Michigan has done with other sons of NBA players and the fact that they seem to bring a certain basketball IQ I would say he looks to be a great fit for Michigan.

  • Chezaroo

    Probably in the decided minority, but I would pass on this kid. Something doesn’t seem right that a son of a major college program ( and a great college player himself ) coach, who would have had every in and chance at exposure to high-major offers, doesn’t have any? I realize it’s late, but we have no need to panic.

    • jblair52

      on the flip side, Dayton – Elite 8 Dayton – offered him. so there’s that

      • Chezaroo

        Not ignoring this years team success, I still consider the Flyers to be a Mid-Major program. If that is his only credible offer, it raises to many red flags for me.

        • toblav

          So how many times do the coaches have to find talent others have missed before you start to trust them?

          • Chezaroo

            I’m not sure if anybody has missed on Dawkins, there is a reason he is still available. Remember, not everybody turns out to be Caris.

        • jblair52

          a team like Dayton doesn’t have the success they’ve had over a number of years by just settling on talent.

          • Chezaroo

            Point being they are not a Mid-Major?

          • jblair52

            No – I agree Dayton is a mid-major. But a school like Dayton seems to bring in better talent than many majors (take Penn St for example). Mid-Major classification doesn’t really do it justice IMO.

            I’m with you that it seems odd he doesn’t have more offers. It’s not like he should be an “unknown” considering his dad. But that doesn’t completely scare me away because we’re not the only one fishing in that pond. (re: Dayton)

          • Dayton is a mid-major plus school, IMO.

            At this point it’s tough to distinguish between MM+ and HM- schools. Comes down to fit more than anything.

          • Chezaroo

            I’ll be surprised if we offer him.

    • geoffclarke

      I don’t think we are panicking. We need a SG for depth and I’m guessing Dawkins is one of the best available players at this late stage. Not every son of a former player or coach is great but usually the sons of coaches usually have pretty good basketball IQs. I haven’t read too much about him, but his recruiting profile isn’t as low as albrecht’s was and no one can argue that he’s filling a role very well.

      • Chezaroo

        Solid points. But we had seen a lot of Albrecht in game action before we offered him. We had already formed an opinion of his potential ability to play a role.

        • Has Michigan not seen Dawkins? I know they watched him at the NPSI and I’m sure they’ve seen more film than the few highlight videos we’ve seen.

          Caris LeVert is a guy that I don’t think Michigan coaches ever saw in a game in person, that turned out alright.

          I will say that I think the amount and type of video on the internet greatly sways people’s impression of different kids.

          • Chezaroo

            This is a Board of opinions and I certainly respect yours Dylan, but expecting the Caris scenario to play out with Dawkins, is to big of a leap for me. That was a probable once in a decade ( if ever ) development. We certainly saw Spike a multitude of times playing with Mitch and Glen.

          • I’m just saying, they probably have evaluated him more effectively than any of us. I never said he was going to be Caris LeVert.

            From what I’ve seen, as I said above, I’d probably offer Rahkman first.

          • Chezaroo

            Yeah it’s a moot point, MAAR is the better prospect. The Caris scenario ( young for class, still developing frame, growth spurt after enrolling ) was pennies from heaven! Hard to duplicate just because necessity deems we add depth.

  • Al Bryant

    In a small school like that where is his competition

  • Wayman Britt

    If you could only offer one, who should UM take MAAR or Dawkins?

    • Based on what I’ve seen on film (1-3 games of each).. I’d go with Abdur-Rahkman right now. Decision will obviously be more complicated than that, I assume coaches will be really looking at fit this weekend and how both kids gel with the current team.

  • Chezaroo

    I would think it highly probable that we only take one of these kids if any. In my opinion in watching the limited film and competition level of these two, MAAR is the better prospect.

    • Northern Blue

      I think I agree with you. I looked up some stats of both and even not having the nicest shot MAAR shot a better percentage from beyond the arc than Dawkins who only shot 30 percent. And when all you see is dunks and 3 pointers thats not too great.

      Also like MAARs motor, defensive ability and all around game. He does go right a lot and with his explosiveness curling with dribble handoffs much like Stauskas did this year is how he would probably be most effective but that is a tough position to crack.

      Both guys need to be okay with fact that primary focus on recruiting next year will be on guards.

    • Jake

      I rather we get a slasher than another shooter, we have relied too much on outside shots and needs someone to attack the basket.