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Johnny Dawkins Biography
Johnny Dawkins was born September 28, 1963 and is a retiredAmerican basketball player and the current head coach of the University of Central Florida'smen's basketball team, a position he assumed in 2008. He was a two-timeAll-American and national player of the year as a senior in 1986 at Duke.Dawkins subsequently played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association(NBA) with the San Antonio Spurs (19861989), Philadelphia 76ers (19891994),and Detroit Pistons (19941995). From 1998 to 2008, he served at an assistantbasketball coach as his alma mater, Duke.
Dawkins was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He played basketball at MackinHigh School in Washington, D.C. before enrolling at Duke University. At Duke,he became the team's all-time leading scorer with 2,556 points, which stooduntil 2006 when J. J. Redick surpassed it. In Dawkins' senior year at Duke,the 198586 season, the Duke Blue Devils attained a win-loss record of 373,which was an NCAA record for both games played and games won in a singleseason. They reached the 1986 NCAA championship game, where they lost toLouisville, 7269. In his senior season, Dawkins averaged 20.2 points per gameand won the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, presented to thenation's top Collegiate Basketball Player. He also served as alternate on the1984 United States Olympic basketball team. He graduated with a degree in politicalscience.
His jersey number 24 was later retired. Dawkins was alsogiven a number of honors, including being named to the ACC 50th Anniversarymen's basketball team honoring the 50 greatest players in Atlantic CoastConference history and being named the 78th greatest player in collegebasketball history by The Sporting News's book, Legends of College Basketball,in 2002.
In the 1986 NBA Draft, Dawkins was selected by the SanAntonio Spurs as the 10th pick overall. He appeared in the 1987 NBA Slam DunkContest, where he finished sixth out of eight. He ended up playing in the NBAfor nine seasons, also appearing for the Philadelphia 76ers and the DetroitPistons. In his NBA career, he averaged 11.1 points, 5.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds.
Following his NBA career, Dawkins went back to DukeUniversity in 1996, where he worked as an administrative intern in the athleticdepartment and was on the air as an analyst for Duke's home basketball games.He joined the Duke coaching staff in 1998, working alongside head coach MikeKrzyzewski. He was promoted to associate head coach in charge of playerdevelopment in 1999.
In April 2008, he was named head coach at Stanford University,succeeding Trent Johnson.
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