Dawkins to play for Duke this season

August 14, 2009 

Shooting guard Andre Dawkins, a highly-ranked 2010 basketball recruit, signed his acceptance letter to Duke on Tuesday and will play for the Blue Devils this season, his father said this morning.

Dawkins, who attended Atlantic Shores Christian School (Virginia Beach, Va.), would have been high school senior this fall. But he only needed one more course – English 12 – to graduate, and he passed his on-line final on Monday.

His family plans to hold a graduation party today, where he will receive his diploma. He will move into the Duke dorms on Tuesday.

Because Dawkins had already attending four years of high school – he went to one year of public high school before he transferred to Atlantic Shores and was re-classified as a freshman – his family started pondering a year ago whether he should go to college a year early. Once Duke guard Elliot Williams opted to transfer, leaving the Blue Devils thin on the perimeter, the family approached Duke’s coaches about what it would take for Dawkins to enroll at Duke for this season.

“It’s been a whirlwind,’’ said Dawkins’ dad, who is also named Andre. “But he studied hard, and worked hard to pass his course. And we’re all very excited.”

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