Tag:Andre Dawkins
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:34 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 11:20 pm

Mike Krzyzewski breaks record in ideal manner

By Jeff Goodman

NEW YORK - It was the ideal setting.

Bob Knight was courtside calling the game, in the world's most famous arena and with Tom Izzo as the guy on the opposite sideline.

Mike Krzyzewski made history in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, in a sold-out Madison Square Garden, becoming the all-time winningest men's coach in Division 1 with his 903rd victory.

There was some nerves prior to the game by those in the Duke camp, whether Coach K would break his mentor's mark on Tuesday. Michigan State may not be a Top 25 team, but the Spartans are from from a cupcake. And if Coach K is regarded as the top active coach, Izzo isn't all that far behind.

The next opponent -- if Duke was unable to get past Michigan State - was Davidson at home on Friday night.

But now, with the help of Andre Dawkins' 26 points, it's over - and Krzyzewski can focus on the task of trying to get this Blue Devils team to where they are a legitimate Final Four contender.

And he can also pile on the victories.

He's probably good for at least another 27 this season -- which brings him to 930. Let's give him another five seasons - at about 27 per season - which would put him at in excess of 1,050.

That's a difficult number to chase.

One that may never fall.

Photo: AP
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2010 4:05 pm

Duke's Dawkins earned starting opportunity

Posted by Eric Angevine

Nobody's happy that Kyrie Irving may be out for the rest of the season. OK, nobody outside of Chapel Hill. College basketball thrives on electric players like John Wall and Kyrie Irving, and the more of them we have, the better for everyone who loves this game.

Nonetheless, I feel it's important to note that this Andre Dawkins fella is no slouch, either. Not only is he a good player, but once upon a time, he saved Duke basketball.

That's how it was billed when Dawkins busted his butt to graduate high school and join the Blue Devils a year early. The sophomore from Chesapeake, VA was supposed to be a freshman this year, but he re-classified in a hurry when Elliot Williams elected to transfer to Memphis. In a June 2009 column, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News wrote about how desperate the situation looked for the Devils at the time.
When sophomore guard Elliot Williams announced he was transferring back home to Memphis to be closer to an ailing family member, it appeared Duke would need to rely on walk-ons -- or maybe a refugee from the Cameron Crazies -- to have any backcourt depth.

With Williams gone, Duke was down to senior Jon Scheyer (who converted from shooting guard to the point last season) and junior Nolan Smith (who traveled in the opposite direction). Greg Paulus completed his eligibility last March, and Martynas Pocius decided against pursuing his redshirt season.
It all seems rather dire in retrospect, doesn't it? We know today that those shaky Blue Devils went on to win a national title, with Dawkins contributing 4.4 ppg and shooting 37 percent from behind the arc as a role player. I don't have a Wayback Machine or a wish to play God, so I can't say for certain that Duke wouldn't have made it to the championship game without him, but a lack of guard depth is often the death knell for a tourney hopeful.

What I can say is that Dawkins played in 38 games for that team of destiny, scoring in double figures in six non-conference games. Sure, his minutes dwindled to almost nothing by the end of ACC play, but he logged 13 minutes and 6 points during Duke's battle with Baylor in the Elite Eight. He did all of that as a shooting guard, then put in the work over the summer to improve his handle despite the almost certain knowledge that he'd be squeezed for time alongside Irving and Liberty transfer Seth Curry. He rode out an uncertain situation instead of transferring in search of playing time, and already boasts seven double-figure games, a better than 2/1 assist to turnover ratio, and a deep shooting mark of 53.6 percent. Against all odds, he's becoming a star on a team full of stars.

He has a national title ring and a shot at leading his team to another in the New Year. Not too shabby for a guy who was a last-minute substitute as a freshman.

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