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UCF Star Aubrey Dawkins Reportedly Makes NBA Draft Decision

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 24: Aubrey Dawkins #15 of the UCF Knights shoots the ball against Cam Reddish #2 of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Aubrey Dawkins turned in the game of his career in UCF's season-ending NCAA Tournament loss to Duke. It looks like it will be his last performance in college.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, Dawkins will sign with an agent and put his name in the 2019 NBA Draft. He has one year of eligibility remaining but has been in college for five years and is already 24 years old, so it makes sense for him to try and get his pro career started.

Dawkins began his career at Michigan in 2014-15 and spent two seasons with the Wolverines. He then transferred to UCF to play for his father Johnny.

After sitting out the 2016-17 season per NCAA rules, Dawkins missed the entire 2017-18 campaign with an injury. He returned to the court this year and enjoyed a stellar season, averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting 40 percent from three-point range.

Dawkins saved his best for last in the tourney, scoring 14 points in an opening-round win over VCU before exploding for 32 points against Duke.

Dawkins hit on 12-of-18 shots against the Blue Devils, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc. His final shot, a tip-in at the buzzer, rimmed out, allowing Duke to escape with a 77-76 win.

Because of his age and injury history, Dawkins likely won't be a coveted draft prospect. However, his size (6-foot-6) and shooting ability could entice a team to scoop him up in the second round.