Brandon Dawson | #35 | 6’7” | 220 | Junior | Forward | Tucker HS | Atlanta GAFollow @KSUOwlHowl
Brandon Dawson was brought in by former Owls Head coach Tony Ingle in 2009 as a part of the 2010 recruiting class. “Brandon is our kind of student-athlete. He will fit in nicely here because he is serious about his academics, basketball and is always striving to be a good person,” said Ingle.
Dawson has the size, strength and athleticism to play the power forward spot in the Atlantic Sun conference, but many questions still linger.
Let’s examine Dawson’s numbers from the previous two years
Dawson played ten more minutes per game last year than in his freshman season, but it was likely by necessity with the scholarship shortened roster. His percentages, rebounding numbers and foul rate all left a lot to be desired.
Dawson put together a string of 3 twelve point games at the tail end of last season which is a good sign that he is putting things together.
Just like with teammate Andrew Osemhen, 2012 is a make or break year for Dawson who also struggled at times to pick up the nuances of Coach Preston’s offense. It’s his second year under the new regime, and more consistency is expected on both ends of the floor.
Brandon Dawson has the size that the Owls need, but he needs to prove himself worthy if he wants to expand on his role from last season.
Defensively, he must play smarter, be more physical and a more aggressive rebounder. He was given trouble by both smaller and bigger players which resulted in foul trouble.
Offensively, while he has shown that he can throw down some impressive dunks with his leaping ability, he must prove that he understands the offense by moving confidently with and without the ball. Dawson needs to show more consistency from 18 feet on in, and knock down the open shot without much thought. He is capable of putting the ball on the floor and taking it to the basket but he must improve his body control and show a few more moves around the rim to be more effective.
Dawson is a classic tweener between the small forward and power forward positions because of his skill set. If he can play faster, more physically and stay out of foul trouble then he will undoubtedly help the team this coming year and could even crack the starting lineup with some good showings during practice.Follow @KSUOwlHowl