After a year as member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Andrew Dakich is taking on a new role with the team. The former Michigan Wolverine was a key player for Chris Holtmann in his first year in Columbus. Now, he's staying with the program as an Ohio State graduate assistant.
Dakich had been a walk-on at Michigan at the start of his career. As a graduate transfer, he was able to play for the Buckeyes last season. He made the most of it.
After scoring 20 points as a Wolverine, Dakich carved out a solid role on the court at Ohio State. He played 19 minutes per game, averaging three points, 2.1 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Dakich's father, most famous now for his Indianapolis-based radio show and work on ESPN's college basketball broadcasts, is a former coach at Indiana and Bowling Green. His son may follow in those footsteps.
Dakich is getting a master's degree in sports coaching at Ohio State. While doing so, he will also serve as a graduate assistant with the Buckeyes. From The Columbus Dispatch:
“I don’t know if I’m 100 percent committed to coaching, but I know I’m 100 percent committed to knowing if I want to get into it,” Dakich told The Dispatch on Monday in a phone interview from his home in Indiana.
“I’m going to give it this year and learn. I’m very grateful they’re going to give me this opportunity to want me back and come back and finish my master’s and learn. As a basketball player, you’re not behind the scenes with practice plans, schedules, who we’re recruiting, et cetera. It’ll be fun to be a part of that.”
As an Ohio State graduate assistant, Dakich thinks he can continue to provide leadership within the program.
His influence was big for Holtmann's first team, which had a surprising run to a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
“They wanted to see if I wanted to come back because they really wanted me back to help in that (leadership) department,” Dakich said. “It meant a lot. I think they want me to be another voice. I see that being a big role and a big key for next year and we’re going to need it, because we’re going to be young.”
Dakich won't be the only big name on the sideline for OSU next year. Greg Oden is also joining the program in the same role, as he pursues his degree.