Big duke balls said it best
"What am I missing? The last time I checked, he was still hitting 47% of his shots, including over 45% of his three pointers. He is also a 87% shooter from the free throw line? Why is Coach K not playing our only backup guard?"
We are going to need Dawkins to being playing well down the stretch of our schedule to have a chance at going deep in the NCAA tourne.
Just trying to get some other opinions...
My guess is that he hasn't been sharp in practice recently, which is completely understandable.
On top of the normal adjustment to college life for a freshman, he's lost his sister, missed his first final exams of his college career and has probably had to make up those exams over the past week.
I love watching him play so I hope he gets it together soon.
I want you guys who are worried about Dre's PT to look at something real quick:
3 games out of 14 he's gotten under 17 minutes. He's gonna play. This kid is good and K knows it.
He also couldn't take his exams before the break and more than likely spent a large portion of his holiday break NOT concerned with school. I'm sure Kenny King and the rest of his advisers have given him ample time to recover from the tragedy he just suffered and he is probably in the midst of exams. Quite possibly, he didn't practice much at all before the Clemson game and was not prepared whatsoever for the press he was to face. That game didn't really feel comfortable to me at all until Andre went in.
Tonight's game was a showcase for Jon Scheyer, and it seemed like many, many plays were run for him(iso's), etc. Dawkins will get his time to shine. He'll play. Our perimeter guys HAVE to play because we're so thin at that position. We're going to see a lot of Nolan, Jon, and Kyle all year long so if it bothers you, you're in for a long season. Andre will play not much more or less than many other highly regarded freshman out there. He's averaging 18 mpg. Any more and a lot of people would be saying he's playing too many.
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Well, it's certainly something to keep an eye on, but I don't think it's a cause for alarm yet. Now, if the trend continues well into the ACC season, there might be cause for concern. But I suspect that, within the next few games, we'll see Dawkins get back into the 15-20 minutes per game range.
Agreed. I would be worried if he continues to only get 5 or 6 minutes a game. Let's see what happens.
I agree that I think hopefully this is a short term occurrence, but he and mason (to me) are going to need to become consistent contributors as the season progresses. K has been known to limit freshman's minutes as the ACC schedule starts...
You guys crowing about Dre's minutes are ridiculous and disturbingly unobservant. Dre has played significant minutes ALL SEASON and K literally can't take away his minutes since we only have 4 TOTAL scholarship guards.
Please Please Please people... think about it.
Andre Dawkins -- 2011 Final Four MOP
Not at all.
The kid has been through a tremendous amount of turmoil over the past month. K is a master at reading people and understanding when to push and when to not. I suspect more than anything, K understands that the kid has enough pressure on him and is working him back in as he processes what has happened to him. Remember, he is basically a high schooler still!
Think of it this way, if he is getting prime minutes and is not performing at the level he was earlier, it could very well impact him psychologically and do damage. By letting him know that there is no pressure and that the team will do well without him will let him relax and ease back into the rotation. Of course this is just my opinion, I have no inside knowledge, except I do know that K is one of the best at reading his players and putting them in positions to succeed. Unlike our friend down the road, K will not throw Dre under the bus! (Sorry, I had said something nice about Roy in another post, and I had to get that taste out of my mouth)!
I've also heard he's been sick the past week
On the topic of freshman, Andre Dawkins was ranked #5 by John Gasaway among his Top 25 Freshmen in the nation.
Only 2 other ACC players made it, Derrick Favors (#7) and Miami's Reggie Johnson (#21).
Dawkins will be fine, and Duke will absolutely need him during conference play.
I would assume that he had to study for and then take finals within the past two weeks (while the team probably had a full practice schedule). I wouldn't be surprised if K excused him from some practices during all this as well, to make sure he successfully completes his finals.
You have to admire what this kid has been through. This entire last 8 months for him has been quite a chore.
He seems to have the strength of character to get it done.
No doubt in a few weeks with the stress of finals gone and a little bit more time to heal from the tragedy, he will be back to where K wants him to be.
He and Scheyer are my favorite players on this years team. I would hope to see him more on the court this year.
Reports are starting to surface he's been under the weather the last week or so as well. This ties in with his lack of PT over that time and makes perfect sense. No doubt he's been going through a whole lot mentally lately, which always has an effect on my physical health.