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|Andre Dawkins is taking a season off from basketball to concentrate on dealing with grief over the death of his sister.|
But Dawkins is receiving counseling to deal with the grief that has clouded his life since Dec. 5, 2009, when his sister died. It has become obvious to those closest to Andre Dawkins now that he has carried guilt for his sister’s death that few could see.
His father still lives in Chesapeake, Va., where Andre was raised and went to high school. This past spring, after Duke’s season had ended and the plan to have Dawkins sit out this season was being formulated, the elder Dawkins said an intense conversation with this son opened both their eyes to the situation.
“It was shocking to hear how he felt about that whole situation,” Andre Dawkins said. “That was huge for me to hear some of the things he said and also for him, too. I think he’s doing better. I see a change from that point, but it takes time.”
[…] “He opened up, finally,” said Andre Dawkins, the Duke player’s father. “I think with him getting help on it, seeing people and getting help, he’s able to look at things a lot better.”
Since he was 10 years old, the younger Dawkins dreamed of playing basketball at Duke. His family, complicated as it may be because his mother and father have been divorced for most of his life, agrees that not playing basketball this season is good for Andre.
“I think when you have something that troubles you and it’s associated with basketball, I think you need to take a break,” Tammy Hill-Dawkins said. “I think it’s right to take a break, and he’ll be back.”