When Andre Dawkins decided to take a redshirt year to be with his family, the first thought of every Duke fan was to hope that his time away from the stresses of college basketball afforded him the opportunity to deal with the emotional trauma that he has suffered. As fanatical as fans can be, it was clear that this issue was of greater importance than any game Duke will play this year.
Though he will be missed, as a player and as a person, his absence is understood and the Duke community will certainly keep Andre Dawkins and his family in their hearts and minds.
As Duke fans hope to welcome back Andre Dawkins next year, the team this year will have to carry on without his substantial contributions. Here are five areas where Andre Dawkins’ absence will affect Duke.