In this day and age of college athletics, it’s almost unheard of for a healthy upperclassman to redshirt a season. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to senior Duke shooting guard Andre Dawkins.
Legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed that Dawkins would redshirt this season in late June, saying “it’s time for him to step away (from the program).”
The most likely reason (although all we can do is speculate) that this is the time for the sweet-shooting Dawkins to step away is to deal with the devastating loss of his sister, who was tragically killed in a car accident during Dawkins’ freshman season.
With Dawkins away from the team this upcoming season, Coach K will have to come up with some ways to replace Dawkins’ on-court contributions. For starters, here are a few.