Duke's Andre Dawkins won't practice with basketball team this year

lkeeley@newsobserver.comOctober 10, 2012 

NCAA Lehigh Duke Basketball

Duke's Andre Dawkins reacts following after losing an NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game against Lehigh in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 16, 2012. Lehigh won 75-70. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Andre Dawkins will not participate in any basketball activities this year. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

While Duke and basketball teams around the country will open practice on Friday, one Blue Devil will not be taking the floor.

Andre Dawkins, who will redshirt this season, will not practice with the team this year. He is also not in the team picture. His name, though, is still on the roster and he is still in school, according to his father, Andre Dawkins Sr.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced in June that Dawkins, who has one year of eligibility remaining, would redshirt and focus on working through grief associated with the 2009 death of his sister. Lacey Dawkins died in a car accident on Dec. 5, 2009, while driving to watch her brother play against St. John’s. She had never seen her brother play in college.

Dawkins Sr. said that his son is working through his grief.

“He is doing really well with that,” Dawkins Sr. said. “We’re supporting him in whatever way we can.

“We’re just taking it one day at a time.”

Dawkins arrived at Duke a year earlier than anticipated after forgoing his final year of high school eligibility. Last season, he started 14 games and averaged 8.4 points per game, but his production and playing time came in spurts. He hit more than five 3-pointers on three occasions, Nov. 15 against Michigan State, Jan. 19 versus Wake Forest (when he hit all seven in the first half) and Feb. 23 at Florida State, where he posted 22 total points. After that, though, he only scored a combined eight points over the final six games of the season.

Dawkins Sr. said that his son does still plan on returning to the team and playing the 2013-14 season.

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