Michigan is losing another player to transfer, but this instance shouldn't be saddled with the same controversy of the two other departures this offseason.
The Wolverines announced Wednesday that Aubrey Dawkins is leaving the program with the intention of playing for his father, who was hired as the new head coach at Central Florida last month.
"While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable," Michigan head coach John Beilein said in the announcement. "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."
"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 the announcement. "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."
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Dawkins impressed as a freshman, one of several young players to gain valuable experience while Michigan's stars sat out with injuries. He averaged seven points a game in 20.7 minutes a game during the 2014-15 season, scoring 20 points in the Big Ten opener against Illinois and scoring a total of 52 points in the final two games of the regular season against Northwestern and Rutgers.
This past season, however, Dawkins' minutes weren't as frequent. He averaged just 6.5 points per game in 15.8 minutes per game, though his averages in rebounding, assists and steals were up. He scored in double figures just five times during Big Ten play and just once over the Wolverines' final 12 games.
Johnny Dawkins, Aubrey's father, was hired as the new head coach at Central Florida after nine seasons as the head coach at Stanford.
Aubrey Dawkins will have to sit out the upcoming season, per NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.