Once on hot seat, Stanford and Johnny Dawkins a hot team

Johnny Dawkins’ Stanford Cardinal are one of the most surprising Sweet 16 teams.

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Dawkins leads No. 7 Duke past Elon, 86-48 (Yahoo Sports)

Duke's Jabari Parker (1) sails past Elon's Ryley Beaumont (21) for a dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

No. 7 Duke proved it’s anything but a one-man show. These Blue Devils showed they also can win rather easily when they spread the scoring around. Duke routed Elon 86-48 on Tuesday despite not producing a 20-point scorer for the first time this season. Andre Dawkins scored 15 points, Rodney Hood had 13 points and freshman Jabari Parker had 12 points and a season-high-tying 10 rebounds for Duke (11-2).


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Parker, Dawkins put on show in Duke scrimmage (Yahoo Sports)

Duke's Jabari Parker is introduced during the team's Countdown to Craziness NCAA college basketball preseason event in Durham, N.C., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman phenom Jabari Parker went coast-to-coast with rebounds, Rodney Hood slashed to the rim and Andre Dawkins knocked down 3-pointers.


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Duke Basketball: Why Andre Dawkins Is Blue Devils’ Biggest X-Factor

The Duke Blue Devils will have one of the best starting lineups in college basketball next season.

With two potential NBA lottery picks in Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, and two other potential All-ACC performers in Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, Mike Krzyzewski has a tremendous amount of talent in his starting unit.

But in order for a team to have a successful run to a national championship, it often needs other players to step up. It needs guys who are willing to come off the bench and provide major production.

Luke Hancock did that for the Louisville Cardinals this past season. Darius Miller did it the year before with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Andre Dawkins has the potential to be that player for Duke in the 2013-14 season.

Prior to the 2011-12 season, Dawkins was expected to emerge as a dynamic all-around player for the Blue Devils with his combination of experience, athleticism and incredible shooting touch. Instead, Dawkins struggled through an inconsistent junior season and often found himself on the bench.

After a disappointing junior year, he decided to step away from the game of basketball for a period of time. He redshirted this past season and took time to grieve and receive counseling over the loss of his sister, who died in a car accident when she was on her way to see him play during his freshman season.

Now, after spending a year away from the game and growing mentally stronger, the 6’4” sharpshooter from Chesapeake, Va., is returning to the team as a fifth-year senior with a goal of winning a second national championship.

And though the Blue Devils already have a potent starting lineup, Andre Dawkins has the potential to be a major X-factor for Mike Krzyzewski.

He’ll likely come off the bench behind guys like Rasheed Sulaimon and Rodney Hood, but he will emerge as a very valuable weapon if he can consistently play at a high level.

If Dawkins offers instant offense as he has in the past, he gives the Blue Devils another option that makes them even more difficult to stop. Having a guy who can knock down shots from 25 feet is something the opposition has to immediately account for when he’s on the court.

Dawkins’ ability to make shots will open up space for Rodney Hood, Rasheed Sulaimon and Jabari Parker to slash to the basket and finish at the rim.

He also has the athletic ability to provide rebounding and tough defense against opposing wing players.

Playing on a team with so much depth should allow Dawkins the opportunity to find his role without feeling any pressure to carry the team. He can adjust and get rid of the rust in his game, which he’ll likely have after spending a year away from the team.

People who have seen Andre Dawkins play know he has the ability to make a major impact. The question is whether or not he can perform at a high level on a regular basis.

If he can, that next championship for the Blue Devils might not take long to get.

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5 Ways Losing Andre Dawkins for the Season Affects the Blue Devils

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.

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Duke’s SG Andre Dawkins Sitting out 2012-13; Will He Play Another CBB Game?

Duke SG Andre Dawkins is not redshirting.

Early reports indicated that the 6’4″ SG was going to sit out this season’s games.

But CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander blogged Monday that Dawkins is completely withdrawing from active participation with the Blue Devils’ 2012-13 team as he continues to grieve his sister’s passing.

Norlander confirmed that “Dawkins will attend Duke this academic year as a basketball player on scholarship—but that’s it. No practices. He wasn’t even a part of the 2012-13 team picture.”

Laura Keeley of the Newsobserver.com said that Dawkins’ father maintains that “his son does still plan on returning to the team and playing the 2013-14 season.”

Dawkins’ place on the roster seems to be 100 percent secure, but his place on the depth chart remains to be seen.

If he returns next season, he will battle Rasheed Sulaimon (unless he blows up this year and leaves for the NBA draft) and then Class of 2013 recruit Matt Jones.

Racking my brain, I honestly don’t remember a player taking a sports sabbatical like this.

A year from now, I want to write about Dawkins’ full-fledged return to the program and his establishing himself as the starting shooting guard on the 2013-14 Blue Devils.

But I fear that his last game in a Duke uniform might be the first-round fiasco last March against Lehigh, where he scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting (1-of-5 from beyond the arc).

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Duke Basketball: Ways the Blue Devils Can Replace Andre Dawkins

In this day and age of college athletics, it’s almost unheard of for a healthy upperclassman to redshirt a season. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening to senior Duke shooting guard Andre Dawkins.

Legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed that Dawkins would redshirt this season in late June, saying “it’s time for him to step away (from the program).”

The most likely reason (although all we can do is speculate) that this is the time for the sweet-shooting Dawkins to step away is to deal with the devastating loss of his sister, who was tragically killed in a car accident during Dawkins’ freshman season.

With Dawkins away from the team this upcoming season, Coach K will have to come up with some ways to replace Dawkins’ on-court contributions. For starters, here are a few.

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Projecting the 2012-13 Duke Blue Devils Rotation Without Andre Dawkins

It is great to be a Duke Blue Devil, unless, of course, your name is Andre Dawkins. Dawkins is officially going to be redshirted for his senior season with Duke. So what will the rotation look like without him?

Although Dawkins won’t really be a part of the Blue Devils this year, Duke still has plenty of talent on the court to compete for a national championship, which is the case every year for Duke. 

Read on to see what the 2012-2013 Duke Blue Devils rotation will look like without Dawkins. 

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Projecting the 2012-13 Duke Blue Devils Rotation Without Dawkins

It is great to be a Duke Blue Devil, unless, of course, your name is Andre Dawkins. Dawkins is officially going to be red-shirted for his senior season with Duke. So what will the rotation look like without him?

Although Dawkins will not really be a part of the Blue Devils next year, Duke still has plenty of talent on the court to compete for a national championship, which is the case every year for Duke. 

Read on to see what the 2012-2013 Duke Blue Devils rotation will look like without Dawkins. 

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Darryl Dawkins rocks N.J. Nets celebration in pink suit

Ever since Darryl Dawkins named his dunks, he has been a fan favorite.



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