Zionsville Times Sentinel

March 19, 2014

Ex-Zionsville player Dakich adjusting to role at Michigan

By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — When watching the University of Michigan men's basketball team, it is obvious to see how much fun the Wolverines are having. The bench explodes with exuberance after every made basket and pumps up the Michigan faithful. There is also a player that stands out among the rest, throwing in dance moves and high-fives that get the rest of the bench going. That player? 2013 ZCHS graduate Andrew Dakich, who is wrapping up his senior season with the Wolverines. Dakich has become a fan favorite with his antics, even inspiring a 3:00 YouTube video of his celebrations. The season has been different than any other for Dakich, who was the Eagles leading scorer at 14.1 points a game and assist leader at 5.0 a game. This year, he has played 23 minutes total, scoring three points, dishing out five assists and pulling down four rebounds. "It is definitely a change for me," Dakich said. "I have been playing my whole life and am used to being on the court. Sitting on the end of the bench, I learn a lot from these guys. It is easy to sit on the bench with such a great group of guys who are really fricken good. To get to play against them every day is a great experience." Dakich committed to Michigan at the end of last season as a preferred walk-on. He said he knew that he probably wouldn't see a lot of playing time and just does everything he can to help prepare the team. "I knew that was going to be my role, but I really didn't think about it," Dakich said. "Starting in the pre-season in practice I just tried to compete to the best of my ability and we have a really good team. I am honored to be part of something pretty special." For more of this story, read the March 19 edition of the Times Sentinel.