STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins has had good reason to keep a close tab on Dayton because coach Archie Miller is recruiting his son to play there next season.
Dawkins will see the Flyers in a different light on Thursday night in Memphis, Tenn., when they play the Cardinal in a surprising Sweet 16 matchup between a pair of double-digit seeds.
With a spot in the regional final on the line, the recruitment of Aubrey Dawkins will be put on the back burner for a few days.
“I think both staffs will be focused on the task at hand but it is a neat thing that he’s being recruited by them and the success they’re having,” Dawkins said Monday.
“He really likes them. I’m just really happy for Archie and his program because I know how hard he’s worked to get this opportunity so I know he’s making the most of it.”
Aubrey Dawkins, who is attending a prep school in New Hampshire, is planning to come to the game. He is also being recruited by Pepperdine, Montana Utah State and the College of Charleston and is expected to make his decision next month.
For now, the focus is on his dad’s team, which is proving to be a very tough out in the NCAA tournament after spending most of the season just fighting to get into it.
Stanford (23-12) used wins over higher-seeded New Mexico and Kansas to make it past the first weekend of the tournament for just the second time since 2001 and give Dawkins his most significant victories in six seasons on The Farm.
The 10th-seeded Cardinal had little time to celebrate after knocking off No. 2 seed Kansas 60-57 on Sunday. They got home late Sunday night, held a film session and practice on Monday before flying the following day to Memphis, Tenn., where they will play 11th-seeded Dayton (25-10) in the only Sweet 16 matchup between double-digit seeds.