Scouting Video & Evaluation: Aubrey Dawkins

Dylan Burkhardt

Aubrey Dawkins is on campus for an official visit this weekend, joining another 2014 target Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Dawkins is an under the radar guard prepping at New Hampton School in New Hampshire. There are a couple of highlight videos of Dawkins available on the internet, but we compiled a scouting video comprised of footage from two games, against South Kent and Fishburne Military School.

Full scouting evaluation thoughts after the jump. We also published a scouting report (with video) of Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman.


Dawkins has a smooth and reliable shooting stroke. He loves the corner three, but is effective on the catch-and-shoot from anywhere on the floor. He’s also an impressive athlete, finishing at the rim in transition or in the half court, even fighting through defenders. He showed good off ball movement and instincts, using his cutting ability to get open for jump shots off of screens or back cut to the rim effectively. Dawkins was also aggressive attacking the offensive glass and scored on a number of putbacks, tip slams and follow ups.


Dawkins isn’t a creator at this point in his development. He rarely attacked off the bounce and didn’t look comfortable enough with his dribble to take his opponent one-on-one. He scored on straight line drives against poor close outs, but was rarely called upon to trigger the New Hampton offense. Ball screens, isolations aren’t a part of his game at this juncture. He has also yet to develop much of a middle game, his offense is almost predominantly dunks or layups at the rim, or catch-and-shoot threes. His shot wasn’t reliable off the dribble, although he did attempt a pair of mid-range pull up jumpers.

Bottom Line

Dawkins looks like a prototypical ‘three and D’ player. He’s a good athlete and finisher and he looks to have a smooth shooting stroke. His ability to attack off the dribble isn’t obvious at this stage, but that’s something that could come along down the road.

He looks like a better fit for the three position than the two position in Michigan’s offense, where he’ll be required to do less ball handling and more shooting. The Tim Hardaway Jr. comparison has been thrown around and that shoe fits to a degree (style of play). Hardaway was always a good athlete, but not much of a creator off the bounce — generally showing his athleticism in transition.

  • Wayman Britt

    Thanks for the evaluation, good analysis.
    I realize UM has ships to give and needs players, but I am torn on UM picking up more than one 2014 recruit at this point. Nothing is secret now days there is some reason these players are transferring or the 2014 recruits have not got an offer from a major top 15 program. Maybe UM should take only one player than get another top 2015 recruit.

    • geoffclarke

      I may be wrong, but I’d guess most top 15 programs were done with their recruiting by the early period. It also seems that Michigan is extra careful in taking commitments in order to avoid a scholarship numbers problem…much moreso than other top 15 programs and even schools like Indiana. With that said, michigan is still in very good position from a talent standpoint and just need a guy who can give 5-8 minutes per game and be a solid practice player. There’s not going to be a lot of players left who can be rotation guys on a top 15 team, but for those that are close to that, michigan has to be the best option.

    • GregGoBlue

      And how has that gone? With the top 2015 players, scholarships are not the limiting factor. Luke Kennard? Gone. Devin Booker? Gone. Jalen Coleman? Dogfight. Jalen Brunson? Spartan, most likely. Beilein and Co have had a ton of success getting players late in the cycle, see: Caris LeVert and Trey Burke (and passed on Kevin Pangos, who went on to win All-WCC his freshman year). Don’t just look at the offer sheet, trust our track record and your own eyes; both these 2014 kids are legit.

  • Champswest

    I think we need to add a guard/wing and save the other ship for 2015, unless we can add a play at once transfer with one year of eligibility left.

  • geoffclarke

    His shooting form seems awkward, kind of like Irvin’s.

  • AC1997

    He seems like an ideal back-up to Levert/Irvin. He can play a few minutes per game, hit open shots, play solid D, etc. Plus we desperately need to maintain out line of NBA legacy players. With both Horford and GR3 leaving we will not have anyone for the first time in years. After Horford, Robinson, Hardaway, and even Dumars we need another one. ;).