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Michigan Basketball: Aubrey Dawkins Transferring to UCF to Play for His Father

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He averaged 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 66 career games in Ann Arbor.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan men's basketball program announced today that sophomore guard Aubrey Dawkins has received his release from the program and plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida to play for his father, Johnny Dawkins.

Wolverines head coach John Beilein spoke about the decision in a release this morning on MGoBlue.com:

"While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable," said Beilein. "I was able to coach my son and see him grow as a person and player and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Aubrey is a wonderful and thoughtful young man who has a bright future in front of him. We wish him well."

Dawkins made a statement, as well:

"This was not an easy decision, however, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my family," said Dawkins. "Coach (John) Beilein and Michigan took a chance on me and that is something I will never forget. I want to thank all the coaches, staff and especially the U-M fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special. Go Blue."

Dawkins emerged as Michigan's first man off the bench in the last two seasons in Ann Arbor. He started 22 of 66 career games, averaging 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. He scored a career-high 31 points in a win over Rutgers at Crisler Arena in 2015.

Dawkins will have to sit out a season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017-18.

The move puts the Wolverines at one-under the scholarship limit heading into next season, leaving room for them to add another recruit or transfer student.