Andre Dawkins’ father reiterated this morning to N&O correspondent Jack Daly that Dawkins is still a member of the Duke basketball team.
The elder Andre Dawkins said his son has the option of taking next season off to work through any lingering grief from the death of his sister. Lacey Dawkins was killed in a car accident on Dec. 5, 2009, while driving to a Duke-St. John’s basketball game.
“He’s dealt with a lot,” Dawkins’ father said. “It’s been tough. It hasn’t been easy at all. With the fast pace of playing high-level basketball, you don’t really get the time to deal with things like that.
“Everyone is different, and so everyone might handle that situation differently. I appreciate the fact that’s an option for him if that’s going to be the case. That’s been really great.”
Duke released a statement late Thursday saying that, despite rumors to the contrary, Dawkins had not left the Blue Devils’ basketball team. The release said there was the possibility that Dawkins might redshirt next season, but that such a decision will be made in the fall.
Dawkins’ father stressed that Dawkins is doing well.
“I didn’t want you have to the impression that anything’s wrong,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with him or anything like that. This may be an option for him in the fall because he came in early, so this just may be an option for him.