Michigan hasn't wasted much time filling the space left behind by a number of departures. First it was Muhammad Ali Abdur Rahkman, now Michigan has added three star Aubrey Dawkins to the 2014 recruiting class.
Dawkins was a player that Michigan got onto later in the recruiting process. He visited a couple weeks ago and picked up an offer at that time. He followed through on a scheduled visit to Dayton recently — his other top contender — and ultimately decided for Michigan. Dawkins, the son of former NBA player Johnny Dawkins, was not very widely recruited, with offers from the likes of Portland State, Montana, UC Davis, and others making up his list.
He is a bit of an under the radar recruit out of New Hampshire. He has good length (6'5) and is noted to have very good athleticism which is something Michigan will welcome after the departure of Glenn Robinson III. Dawkins also brings something that GRIII struggled with: a nice looking, consistent outside shot. UMHoops notes that he is more of an off-ball type player on offense — while having, as usual, a very nice scouting report on him that is worth checking out — so he could work in from the two to the four while at Michigan.
While Michigan having to look to fill roster spots so late in the process is not ideal, it is comforting to know that the last time the Wolverines did this they ended up picking up Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht. If MAAR and Dawkins can follow in those foot steps, Michigan will be well set up next year. The Wolverines will look for at least one of these two wing recruits to step into the rotation as a backup at the two and three.