Aubrey Dawkins is listed at 6-4 in his Rivals.com profile. When he arrived on campus for his MIchigan official visit, however, it was clear that wasn't accurate.
"He was a legitimate 6-6," Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer noticed. "And he has a chip on his shoulder, now."
The Palo Alto, Calif. native, son of Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins and a 13-ppg scorer at New Hampton, N.H., Prep [N.H.] finally signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Wolverines for the 2014-15 academic year.
"We feel very fortunate to have Aubrey join our basketball program," Beilein said. "He is very athletic, long, a full 6-6, and has a tremendous upside. We love his passion and diligence for skill development and know he possesses great understanding of the game of basketball. We anticipate his versatility as a player will prove valuable on our team."
Dawkins becomes the sixth member of U-M's incoming class, joining 6-4 Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman of Allentown, Pa., Central Catholic (Rivals.com three-star prospect nationally), 6-8 Kameron Chatman of Portland, Ore., Columbia Christian (Rivals.com's No. 25 senior nationally), 6-9 D.J. Wilson of Sacramento Capital Christian (Rivals.com No. 86 senior nationally), 6-9 Ricky Doyle of Fort Myers, Fla., Bishop Verot (Rivals.com three-star senior nationally) and 6-5 Austin Hatch of Pasadena, Calif., Loyola (Rivals.com three-star prospect nationally).
"The six young men we have brought in have the potential to make an impact on our program right away," Beilein said. "We cannot wait for all of them to get on campus this June so we can begin working with them."
Dawkins spent the 2013-14 season playing a postgraduate year at New Hampton Prep and averaged 12.3 points and 3.6 rebounds while helping the Huskies to a 22-8 record. New Hampton reached the 2014 NEPSAC Class AAA championship game before falling, 68-63, to Brewster Academy.
Prior to his prep year, Dawkins played two varsity seasons at Palo Alto High School. He averaged 16.0 points during his two seasons, leading the team to back-to-back SCVAL De Anza Division titles, and an appearance in the 2013 Central Coast Section Open Division Playoff.
As a senior he averaged 18.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game and was named the Most Valuable Player of the SCVAL De Anza Division. Dawkins was a two-time Central Coast Section All-League first team selection (2012, '13) and earned first team honors from the San Jose Mercury News and the Daily News in 2013.
Watch for more on Dawkins and all the pledges in the upcoming basketball recruiting issue of The Wolverine Magazine.
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