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Duke's SG Andre Dawkins Sitting out 2012-13; Will He Play Another CBB Game?

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  Andre Dawkins #20 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half while taking on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Doug BrodessCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2012

Duke SG Andre Dawkins is not redshirting.

Early reports indicated that the 6'4" SG was going to sit out this season's games.

But CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander blogged Monday that Dawkins is completely withdrawing from active participation with the Blue Devils' 2012-13 team as he continues to grieve his sister's passing.

Norlander confirmed that "Dawkins will attend Duke this academic year as a basketball player on scholarship—but that's it. No practices. He wasn't even a part of the 2012-13 team picture."

Laura Keeley of the Newsobserver.com said that Dawkins' father maintains that "his son does still plan on returning to the team and playing the 2013-14 season."

Dawkins' place on the roster seems to be 100 percent secure, but his place on the depth chart remains to be seen.

If he returns next season, he will battle Rasheed Sulaimon (unless he blows up this year and leaves for the NBA draft) and then Class of 2013 recruit Matt Jones.

Racking my brain, I honestly don't remember a player taking a sports sabbatical like this.

A year from now, I want to write about Dawkins' full-fledged return to the program and his establishing himself as the starting shooting guard on the 2013-14 Blue Devils.

But I fear that his last game in a Duke uniform might have been the first-round fiasco last March against Lehigh, where he scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting (1-of-5 from beyond the arc).

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