Andre Dawkins is an American-born former professional basketball player who briefly appeared in the NBA in 2014.
After failing to keep up, he immediately moved to the minor leagues.
Like every American kid who passionately played basketball while growing up, he dreamed of playing in the NBA. However, he remained undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft.
Even though he failed, he later got a second chance to redeem his career, but he could not make any impression. Consequently, he retired even before his thirties.
Dawkins was a college basketball player for Duke University before he decided to go professional. His college stats were not so impressive as well.
The Blue Devils shooting guard played all four college seasons, and he became the NCAA champion with them in 2010.
Apart from that, he did have any significant achievements throughout his basketball career. After all, his overall professional career lasted for just four years.
Anyways, one has to applaud him for persevering and trying hard to hold on despite many personal troubles he faced in his life.
This article will explore more about his life, brief career, personal lives, tragedies, and much more.
But, before moving further into the details, let’s check out some quick facts about Andre Dawkins.
|Full Name||Andre Wade Dawkins|
|Known As||Andre Dawkins|
|Date of Birth||September 19, 1991|
|Birth Place||Fairfax, Virginia, the USA|
|Nick Name||Not available|
|Age||32 years old|
|Height||1.93 m (6’4″)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg)|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Father’s Name||Andre Dawkins Sr.|
|Mother’s Name||Tammy Hill Dawkins, Stepmother – Pamela Dawkins|
|Sibling’s Name||Lacey (deceased), Naomi, Jalon, and Caleb Dawkins|
|Kid’s Name||Maverick Dawkins|
|Profession||Former basketball player|
|Net Worth||$1–$5 million|
|Jersey Numbers||24, 7, 34, 20|
|Career Highlights & Awards||
|Duke Blue Devils Merch||Insulated Tumbler Cup|
|Last Update||November 2023|
Early Life, Family & Career
Andre Dawkins was born on September 19, 1991, out of wedlock in Fairfax, Virginia, United States. His mother, Tammy Hill, was still a teenager when she had first met his dad, Andre Dawkins Sr.
Before him, Tammy had given birth to his older sister, Lacey Dawkins. However, she died in a car accident in 2009.
Andre’s parents married a year after he was born, moving back to his childhood. The family lived together in Virginia, where his father worked as a financial advisor in a firm.
But, his parents separated when he was just five. His father won custody of him two years later, and he began living in Virginia with his dad and stepmother. His biological mother and Lacey lived apart in Ohio.
His dad and stepmother, Pamela, had three more kids. The athlete had a very good relationship with his stepmother, whom he called Miss Pam as she used to work in a local school.
Likewise, he had a good bonding with his half-siblings.
Dawkins initially attended the Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, for his schooling. He was very good at his studies since he was a kid and always got good grades.
Apart from that, he was athletic and good at sports. He began playing basketball at Deep Creek and was a fast learner. He already had good knowledge of basic basketball skills before he shifted to another high school in the same town.
His family supported him but always advised him to continue his academic life too. Moreover, his biological mother and sister, Lacey, often visited and motivated him.
As a result, he graduated from Atlantic Shores Christian Academy with good numbers in 2009 and enrolled in Duke University in North Carolina for his further studies.
Andre Dawkins | Career
High School Career
Dawkins was not so tall as a high schooler, so he mostly preferred to play as a shooting guard.
Even though it was a bit disadvantageous due to his shorter height, he mostly showed good performance.
For his outstanding game throughout his sophomore year, he was named the conference player of the year. He had 22.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game that season.
Furthermore, he continued playing better and won several honors during his high school years. While still in high school, he opted to go to Duke University for his college career.
Even though Dawkins joined Duke a year ahead with great aspirations, his dream was immediately shattered. His sister, Lacey Dawkins, died in a car accident just after he had begun his first college season.
Lacey and Tammy, their mother, were going to Durham from Ohio to watch his game while the incident happened. However, his mother was injured and later recovered.
But, it affected him deeply, and he could not focus well even though he played maximum matches. As a result, he could only average 4.4 points per game in his rookie season.
He was part of the Blue Devils as a backup guard, so he became the national champion that year.
Dawkins played the remaining three seasons of his college but with minimal improvement.
Andre decided to go for the NBA draft in 2014 after having an average career with the Duke Blue Devils. However, no NBA clubs took an interest in him, so he remained undrafted.
However, he signed with the Miami Heat on September 23 to play the 2014 NBA Summer League for them. But, he appeared on the court rarely and was benched almost all the time.
In addition, the club allowed him to appear for a brief time in the regular season matches. After a short stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, he returned to the Heat and played four matches with almost no playtime.
The club eventually saw no benefit from him and waived him in early 2015. Since then, he never returned to the regular season NBA ever again.
Andre signed with the Boston Celtics for various short-duration contracts for a while and was mostly assigned to their D-League affiliate club, Maine Red Claws (now Maine Celtics).
Furthermore, he even traveled abroad to try his luck in the Italian basketball league, the LBA, in 2015. But, he soon returned home and played in the NBA G League for some years.
After associating with various NBA G League clubs such as Texas Legends, Windy City Bulls, etc., he continued his professional league journey with much difficulty until 2017.
He eventually announced his retirement from his professional career in 2018. He was with the Agua Caliente Clippers during his retirement.
Awards & Achievements
- NCAA champion (2010)
- NBA D-League All-Rookie Third Team (2015)
Andre Dawkins | Net Worth, Salary & Career Earnings
The exact net worth of the former NBA player is unknown. However, according to various sources, his net worth is around $1 to $5 million.
After failing to get drafted into the NBA, he had initially thought of trying out in other minor leagues. But, the Miami Heat showed interest in him, so he stayed with them.
The Heat paid him around $0.2 million for his participation in the NBA Development League and some regular-season matches. He was briefly associated with the Boston Celtics, receiving roughly around $59 k.
His total earnings from the NBA main league were approximately $0.27 million. Likewise, he earned some more playing for various minor league teams.
In addition, he is currently involved as a realtor with the Meraki Real Estate group based in Oklahoma City.
Age, Weight & Height
As of 2023, the retired basketball player is 32 years old. His zodiac sign is Virgo.
About his physical stats, he stands 1.93 meters (6 feet 4 inches) tall. Likewise, he weighs around 206 lb (93 kg).
Moreover, he has short black hair and dark brown eyes.
Andre Dawkins | Personal Life
Andre Dawkins is currently married to his girlfriend, Armani Rice Dawkins. The couple officially registered their marriage in 2016.
Armani was a former athlete who played college soccer for the University of Nevada, Los Vegas (UNLV). Before that, she played a year of football for Florida State University.
Rice was born on June 22, 1986, in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from UNLV in 2008.
She also holds a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University.
Armani is currently working as a Deputy Athletic Director and Chief of Staff and Administration at the University of Oklahoma. She has a long experience of working in the sports administration sector.
The couple is blessed with a son named Maverick.
Social Media Presence
Andre Dawkins is very active on Twitter, but he does not have any other social media pages.
Dawkins takes a keen interest in basketball league games and regularly tweets the sports news. Moreover, he occasionally posts about his personal life as well.
He has around 40k followers on his Twitter account. You can access it through the link below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Andre Dawkins doing now?
Andre Dawkins is mainly working as a realtor nowadays. Apart from that, he provides coaching to young high school kids interested in basketball and hosts a college basketball podcast named Dawkins on Duke.
Is Andre Dawkins related to Johnny Dawkins?
No, Andre Dawkins and Johnny Dawkins are unrelated even though they share the same surname. However, they both played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils.