UCF guard Aubrey Dawkins has submitted paper work to the National Basketball Association to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft and will forgo his final season of eligibility with the Knights.
“I’d like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play the game of basketball. A game that I love,” Dawkins said. “I thank my family for supporting me every step of the way. And I want to thank everyone at UCF and Knight Nation for an experience I’ll never forget. After discussing with my family, I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft to continue pursuing my dreams. I’m ready for the next chapter of my life. Go Knights. Charge On.”
Dawkins, a Second Team All-Conference selection by The American, averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in leading UCF to a 24-9 overall record and the program’s first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
He knocked down 73 three-pointers on 40.3 percent from beyond the arc in 2018-19, earning The American Player of the Week honors twice. Dawkins became the first UCF player to score in double figures in each of his first 18 games as a Knight and put up an impressive 32 points in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament against Duke.
“We’re very proud of the collegiate career Aubrey has had,” UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said. “He played an integral role in getting this program back to the NCAA Tournament and we’re grateful for everything he’s put into UCF Basketball. He has earned his degree, and he’s ready to begin the next chapter of his life, the next chapter of his career in basketball. We’re excited for what is next for Aubrey.”
Aubrey, who graduated from UCF in the summer of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies, is now set to begin his professional career.
His preparation for the NBA Draft has already begun. The combine is scheduled for May 15-19 and the draft will be on June 20.