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Coach K viewing Andre Dawkins ‘more as a redshirt situation’, No decision until fall

May 31, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

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The last few months have brought a good deal of speculation about the future of Duke guard Andre Dawkins, ranging anywhere from rumors that he was to be kicked off the team to the notion that he would redshirt.

On Wednesday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press that “Andre’s situation, right now we’re looking more as a redshirt situation,” but that a final decision about his future would not be made until the fall, closer to the beginning of the season.

Dawkins averaged 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds last season for the Blue Devils, who finished 27-7, including 13-3 in the ACC, and were eliminated in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament by underdog Lehigh.

Last month, the brewing speculation caused Duke to release a statement about his standing with the program.

“Andre Dawkins remains a member of the Duke basketball program,” the statement read. “There is a possibility of him redshirting next season but no decision will be made on that until the fall.”

According to Dawkins’ father, the younger Dawkins is reportedly still coping with the death of his sister in a 2009 car accident.

Duke has two players signed from the Class of 2012 to help on the perimeter, Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon, but will be losing leading scorer Austin Rivers.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. imforbigblue - May 31, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    I’m sorry I feel bad for the kid to lose his sister but come on its been three years I think that’s bull crap and the dad should be ashamed to even use that

  2. dukemomma20 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    @imforbigblue….
    Please think before you post. Those are my children you are speaking of. I don’t care if it has been 10 years we are still greiving. If you have not walked in his shoes then no comment is needed on the subject. As I have said in the recent past…Support is welcomed and judgement is not.

    • jprestw - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Very sorry for your family’s loss. Will be praying for ya’ll and hope Andre is doing ok. He is a very talented player it has been amazing watching him play at Duke so well especially having to cope with such a tough loss at the same time. I cant even imagine life without my sister he is handling himself very well.

  3. dukefan4life - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Andre is the man. Best pure shot ive ever seen at duke. My favorite player on the roster is #20. Dont know what i would do if andre didnt play. We need him and the fans love him. God bless him and the whole family.

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