Coach Dawkins might be getting into his eighth season as HC of the Knights’ program
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – UCF males’s basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins has been chosen for induction into the Nationwide Collegiate Basketball Corridor of Fame Class of 2023.
“I’m humbled and grateful to be chosen to the Nationwide Collegiate Basketball Corridor of Fame,” stated Coach Dawkins.
“Each step of this journey has been stuffed with unimaginable teammates and mentors who’ve made an impression alongside the best way. To be enshrined alongside Coach Ok and several other different nice gamers and coaches is an unimaginable honor as properly.”
The 2023 induction class consists of former gamers Tyler Hansbrough from North Carolina and Dawkins from Duke, longtime Jefferson coach Herb Magee, and the late expertise scout Tom Konchalski.
They’re joined by former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who might be formally honored within the class of 2023 after initially being among the many Nationwide Collegiate Basketball Corridor of Fame’s Founding Class in 2006.
Coach Dawkins might be getting into his eighth season on the helm of the Knights’ program. UCF has made three journeys to the postseason throughout his tenure, together with the primary NCAA Event win in class historical past as UCF beat VCU 73-58 within the first spherical on Mar. 22, 2019.
The Black and Gold have been part of two NITs, the primary of which got here in 2016-17 because the Knights made a run to the semifinals in Madison Sq. Backyard. The latest NIT run noticed UCF earn its first program win in Gainesville, taking down the fourth-seeded Gators by 18 factors, 67-49.
Coach Dawkins, who’s being inducted for his enjoying days as a Blue Satan, is likely one of the most adorned gamers in Duke historical past and is thought to be a key early determine in this system’s ascent to changing into a nationwide energy.
From 1982-86, Dawkins piled up 2,556 factors – a mark that stood as the college’s scoring file till 2006 and stays second all-time. He was a two-time consensus All-American, a four-time All-ACC choice, and was the recipient of the 1986 Naismith Nationwide Participant of the Yr award.
As a senior, Dawkins led Duke to the ACC common season and match titles, and an look within the NCAA nationwide championship recreation.
The tenth total choose by the Spurs within the 1986 NBA Draft, Dawkins noticed motion in 9 NBA seasons with the Spurs, 76ers, and Pistons. He averaged 11.1 factors and 5.5 assists by means of 541 profession NBA video games.
The 2023 induction celebration honoring the Corridor of Fame’s 18th induction class might be held on the night of Aug. 30 in Chicago. Particulars on attending the induction celebration might be introduced quickly.
The Nationwide Collegiate Basketball Corridor of Fame is an initiative of the NABC Basis.
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