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After stepping away from basketball last year, Andre Dawkins confirmed that he’ll be back on the active roster for the upcoming season. It’s great news in terms of the best interest of Andre Dawkins the person and Andre Dawkins the basketball player.
So, as Duke fans celebrate his return, it’s worth wondering what to expect from the fifth-year senior.
Dawkins was capable of pouring in points. Every so often he’d have a hot hand that made Duke’s offense absolutely explosive. Unfortunately, Dawkins also suffered from stretches of cold shooting. That kind of one-extreme-or-the-other scoring ability added up to averaging 8.1 points as a sophomore and 8.4 points as a junior (via ESPN).
Next season Duke won’t need Dawkins to be the team’s primary scoring option. The Blue Devils will be able to sub Dawkins in and give him the chance to blow the game open with hot three-point shooting.
Of course, that supporting role requires a certain patience and understanding from a player. At times during his career, Dawkins didn’t look particularly enthused about having to sit on the bench. In his last two seasons he averaged over 21 minutes per game. That number may be lower given how deep the Duke roster appears to be.
According to Star News Online, Dawkins promised via Twitter to be a different player than he was. That’ll be most evident by him switching his number from 20 to 34. Beyond that, it will be interesting to see how Dawkins fits into the rotation and what kind of shooting ability he has after a year away from basketball.