UCF’s Aubrey Dawkins to miss season

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Michigan transfer Aubrey Dawkins sat out last year because he wanted to play for his dad, Central Florida coach Johnny Dawkins.

He’ll have to wait another year before taking the floor for his dad as an injury is going to keep him sidelined in 2017-18.

“I just got word today that I will miss the entire season,” the younger Dawkins said in a video the program posted to Twitter. “This sucks, and I am definitely heartbroken.

“Wish I was playing for you guys this season but I cannot. Of course, next season I will be back stronger and excited to play in front of you guys.”

Dawkins did not specify what the injury is, but a source confirmed to NBC Sports that he underwent shoulder surgery.

Aubrey Dawkins played two seasons for John Beilein and the Wolverines, averaging 6.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game as a sophomore. He transferred in 2016 after his father was fired at Stanford and hired by the Golden Knights weeks later.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to coach him. I never have,” Dawkins said at media day last week, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve always worked him out and trained him, but I’ve never had the chance to actually coach him on the floor.”