Andrew Dakich, the heady Zionsville guard who was considering walkon invitations from Purdue and Butler, is heading to the University of Michigan.
Late Monday afternoon, Dakich, the son of ESPN analyst and former Bowling Green head coach and IU player Dan Dakich, issued a Tweet to inform followers that he had visited Michigan on Monday and has accepted coach John Beilein’s preferred walkon opportunity.
Andrew Dakich tweeted: “Thank all the people who helped influence me on my decision. I just want to win national championships and that’s what Michigan is all about.”
Michigan came within a tough title-game loss to Louisville of winning it all and has Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas coming back for 2013-2014.
Dakich may never start a game for the Wolverines, but he knows how to play and will be a solid addition to every Michigan practice. He loves to play the game and understands the big picture of what it takes to be successful in a walkon’s role at a Big Ten school, just as former Purdue players Dru Anthrop and Bobby Riddell did.
Michigan is a hot-ticket item right now and had to be to pry Dakich away from either Butler or Purdue, each of which is just more than 30-to-40 minutes from his home. I really thought Dakich would end up at Butler, but the chance to play for the 2013 NCAA runners-up is too good to pass up.
Once again, the Michigan schools continue to pluck Indiana talent away from the Hoosier State.