High majors in pursuit of Branden Dawson

  • 05/18/2009 8:32 pm in

Despite reports that he is Purdue’s to lose, Gary Lew Wallace rising junior Branden Dawson isn’t counting out the basketball program in Bloomington.

After a breakout sophomore season in which he averaged 16.7 points, 15.5 rebounds and four assists, the 6-6 Dawson is quickly gaining the attention of several high major programs, including Indiana.

“Indiana has offered,” Dawson said in Assembly Hall at the adidas May Classic. “I love Indiana. I came down here and visited once and I just love the atmosphere. They hustle, they play hard, they never give up. They just keep playing hard.”

Besides IU and Purdue, Dawson holds offers from UCLA, Georgetown and Minnesota. He’s also hearing from Butler, Iowa State, Xavier, Cincinnati and IUPUI.

Dawson hopes to see Bloomington again this summer and it might be in the company of his Lew Wallace teammates.

“My high school coach is trying to come down here for a team camp,” Dawson said. “I want to come, so I hope we make it and come down here and have fun.”

Scouting report: Dawson is long and extremely athletic which makes him a perfect candidate to be an impact player on the wing. He didn’t shoot much from the outside at the adidas May Classic, but he looked good in transition and also hit the boards hard. He’s already a very good prospect and with some work on his defense and ball handling, could become great.

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  • Kelin Blab

    One of the interesting things about this recruit is it echoes Crean's pledge to recruit the state. Being from the “Region/Gary” Purdue has been the most visible, so to get a kid to consider IU and hopefully go there would be huge..HUGE.

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the interesting things about this recruit is it echoes Crean's pledge to recruit the state. Being from the “Region/Gary” Purdue has been the most visible, so to get a kid to consider IU and hopefully go there would be huge..HUGE.

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the interesting things about this recruit is it echoes Crean's pledge to recruit the state. Being from the “Region/Gary” Purdue has been the most visible, so to get a kid to consider IU and hopefully go there would be huge..HUGE.

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the interesting things about this recruit is it echoes Crean's pledge to recruit the state. Being from the “Region/Gary” Purdue has been the most visible, so to get a kid to consider IU and hopefully go there would be huge..HUGE.

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the interesting things about this recruit is it echoes Crean's pledge to recruit the state. Being from the “Region/Gary” Purdue has been the most visible, so to get a kid to consider IU and hopefully go there would be huge..HUGE.

  • Diesel

    For a 6'6'' guy to pulling down 15-16 boards per game screams hustle. I love that he is talking about IU with words like hustle, play hard, never give up. Those were my biggest beefs with Davis and Sampson and that's what made a 6-25 season digestible. Go Coach Crean and go IU….get in the region baby!

  • Diesel

    For a 6'6'' guy to pulling down 15-16 boards per game screams hustle. I love that he is talking about IU with words like hustle, play hard, never give up. Those were my biggest beefs with Davis and Sampson and that's what made a 6-25 season digestible. Go Coach Crean and go IU….get in the region baby!

  • Diesel

    For a 6'6'' guy to pulling down 15-16 boards per game screams hustle. I love that he is talking about IU with words like hustle, play hard, never give up. Those were my biggest beefs with Davis and Sampson and that's what made a 6-25 season digestible. Go Coach Crean and go IU….get in the region baby!

  • Diesel

    For a 6'6'' guy to pulling down 15-16 boards per game screams hustle. I love that he is talking about IU with words like hustle, play hard, never give up. Those were my biggest beefs with Davis and Sampson and that's what made a 6-25 season digestible. Go Coach Crean and go IU….get in the region baby!

  • Diesel

    For a 6'6'' guy to pulling down 15-16 boards per game screams hustle. I love that he is talking about IU with words like hustle, play hard, never give up. Those were my biggest beefs with Davis and Sampson and that's what made a 6-25 season digestible. Go Coach Crean and go IU….get in the region baby!

  • CraiginOR

    Why would any Indiana kid consider PU after seeing Bloomington and the IU campus? West Lafayette leaves one asking where the hell is East Lafayette? The singular advantage PU has over IU is…..PU is closer to Chicago. Alex should have a thread dedicated to Purdue from ITH. I wouild love to contribute. Back in the day, when the air of Dunn meadow was filled with frisbees and a smell somewhat like burning leaves we did a road trip to Purdue to see the Dead. Some farm person actually yelled “yeeeeeehah!”. I still get creeped out over the memory of that night. Jerry Garcia mentioned it as a “worst moment” in his career. (shudder )

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the interesting things about this recruit is it echoes Crean's pledge to recruit the state. Being from the “Region/Gary” Purdue has been the most visible, so to get a kid to consider IU and hopefully go there would be huge..HUGE.

  • Diesel

    For a 6'6'' guy to pulling down 15-16 boards per game screams hustle. I love that he is talking about IU with words like hustle, play hard, never give up. Those were my biggest beefs with Davis and Sampson and that's what made a 6-25 season digestible. Go Coach Crean and go IU….get in the region baby!

  • CraiginOR

    Why would any Indiana kid consider PU after seeing Bloomington and the IU campus? West Lafayette leaves one asking where the hell is East Lafayette? The singular advantage PU has over IU is…..PU is closer to Chicago. Alex should have a thread dedicated to Purdue from ITH. I wouild love to contribute. Back in the day, when the air of Dunn meadow was filled with frisbees and a smell somewhat like burning leaves we did a road trip to Purdue to see the Dead. Some farm person actually yelled “yeeeeeehah!”. I still get creeped out over the memory of that night. Jerry Garcia mentioned it as a “worst moment” in his career. (shudder )

  • jeffgunn

    People who don't know anything about Lafayette, always hate! Purdue is ranked in the top five when it comes to engineering programs in the world, not country! The world!!! Brenden will not only become a great b-ball player, but he'll also receive a stste of the art education in the process. Don't listen to the haters Mr. Dawson. Im also from Gary myself. Big Dog Glen Robinson is my first cousin. Purdue is where it's at homeboy. Boiler up!!!! ( Jeff Gunn )