After two sacrifices and three-and-a-half years as a walk-on at Michigan, guard Andrew Dakich finally has himself a scholarship, coach John Beilein announced Monday.
Per John Beilein on radio show, Andrew Dakich has been placed in scholarship for the second semester of 2016-17.
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) January 10, 2017
Dakich joined the Wolverines’ program for the 2013-14 season and contributed off the bench in each of his first three seasons. According to the Michigan website, Dakich requested to redshirt in both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, but both times sacrificed the redshirt when injuries depleted the Wolverines roster. Dakich is sitting out this season so that he can have his graduate school paid for at another school next year.
Beilein said Monday that he waited until second semester to award Dakich a scholarship in order to make it easier for him to transfer next year. He was possibly referring to an NCAA rule that says, in part, a player is eligible to play immediately at his new school if he has not previously received an athletic scholarship.
Beilein said they want to preserve this year for Dakich so he can play on scholarship at DII or lower DI next year
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) January 10, 2017
One person who was particularly excited about Dakich earning a scholarship was his father Dan, an ESPN basketball commentator and former Indiana player and coach.
Haha..great day for AD..not bad for all of us..thankful and proud https://t.co/JiIHUeBpE6
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) January 10, 2017