Michigan grants release to Aubrey Dawkins to play for father at UCF

Michigan sophomore Aubrey Dawkins has been granted his release to play for his father at Central Florida, Wolverines coach John Beilein said Wednesday.

"This was not an easy decision; however, the chance to play for my father is a special opportunity for me and my family," said Dawkins, who started 22 games in his two seasons at Michigan, averaging 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. "Coach Beilein and Michigan took a chance on me and that is something I will never forget. I want to thank all the coaches, staff and especially the U-M fans for making my time in Ann Arbor truly special."

Johnny Dawkins was hired by UCF. Aubrey Dawkins, who has two years of eligibility remaining, will have to sit out the 2016-17 season before he can resume his playing career.

"While we certainly did not wish for this to happen, it is quite understandable," Beilein said. "I was able to coach my son and see him grow as a person and player and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Aubrey is a wonderful and thoughtful young man who has a bright future in front of him. We wish him well."