Andre Dawkins is back on the court for Duke and now wearing No. 34. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
DURHAM—It’s a friendship that started in stereotypically male fashion: video games and golf.
Sean Kelly, a Duke basketball manager, didn’t particularly care for his freshman dorm, so he would go hang out with his big brother, Ryan, at his off-campus apartment. Ryan, then a junior on the basketball team, lived with teammate Andre Dawkins. Round-robin tournaments with a version of the NBA 2K game for Xbox were frequent between the three, but the younger Kelly and Dawkins shared another hobby.
“It started with golf,” Kelly said. “We were both beginners, and we were both embarrassed to play with anyone else good, so we just started playing golf a lot and just hanging out, and it developed a lot last year, especially in the fall.”
Dawkins, now a redshirt senior, had more free time last year than he’d had in previous years. He took a leave of absence from the team in order to work through the grief associated with the 2009 death of his sister, Lacey. She, along with their mother, was on her way to watch Dawkins play against St. John’s on Dec. 5, 2009, but the two never made it, as a fatal car crash took Lacey’s life.