Branden Dawson
Branden  Dawson


Height / Weight:
6-6 / 225


Hometown/High School:
Gary, Ind./Lew Wallace


Seniors Get First Win in Ann Arbor; Complete Regular-Season Sweep Over U-M

Branden Dawson and Travis Trice combined for 45 points in MSU's 80-67 victory over Michigan Tuesday, as the Spartans recorded their first win in Crisler Center since 2010.


Dawson and Trice Lead Michigan State to 80-67 Victory Over Michigan

Branden Dawson and Travis Trice combined for 45 points in win over the Wolverines.


Post-Game Notes - Ohio State

Michigan State 59, No. 23/21 Ohio State 56


Post Game Quotes: Michigan State vs. Michigan


Post-Game Notes vs. Michigan

Michigan State 76, Michigan 66 (OT)


Men's Basketball vs. Illinois

February 22, 2015


Men's Basketball vs. Michigan (USATSI)

Men's Basketball defeats Michigan on the road, 80-67; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)


Michigan State vs. Ohio State (USATSI)

Valentine Sinks Game-Winner as Spartans Top Ohio State, 59-56


Michigan State vs. Northwesterm (USATSI)

Michigan State Cruises Past Northwestern, 68-44


Michigan State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Career Stats
2011-12 Game-by-Game Stats
2012-13 Game-by-Game Stats
2013-14 Game-by-Game Stats
2014-15 Game-by-Game Stats

Appeared in 28 games, starting 23, averaging 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.3 minutes per game • Co-recipient of MSU's Antonio Smith Glue and Guts and John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Awards and tri-recipient of the Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award • Missed 10 games due to injury, including nine straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 23 with a broken right hand • Named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament, averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting .750 (21-of-28) from the field • Ranked third on the team in scoring and led the Spartans in rebounding • Would have ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding and led the conference in field-goal percentage (.613) had he played in one more game and been eligible in the Big Ten statistics • Averaged 15.7 points and 8.1 rebounds in seven postseason games, shooting .681 from the field • Ranked fourth on the team in steals (35) and second in steals per game (1.3 spg) • Ranked third on the team in blocks (25) and blocks per game (0.9 bpg) • Led MSU in rebounding in 19 games and in scoring in four games • MSU was 24-4 when he played and 20-3 when he started • Scored in double-figures in 15 games, including three games of 20 points or more • Scored a career-high 26 points against Harvard (3/22) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, connecting on 12-of-15 field-goal attempts, and grabbing nine rebounds • Posted a double-double against Virginia (3/28) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, totaling 24 points and 10 rebounds • Other top scoring efforts included 20 points at Penn State (12/31), adding nine rebounds, and 18 points against Oklahoma (11/23) in the championship game of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic, adding 10 rebounds for a double-double • Tied for second in the Big Ten and first on the team with six double-doubles • Posted double-doubles against McNeese State (11/8; 12 points, 12 rebounds), Virginia Tech (11/22; 12 points, 10 rebounds), Oklahoma (11/23; 18 points, 10 rebounds), Oakland (12/14; 16 points, 13 rebounds), Texas (12/21; 11 points, 10 rebounds), and Virginia (3/28; 24 points, 10 rebounds) • Grabbed double-figure rebounds in 10 games, totaling eight or more rebounds in 18 of 28 contests • Tied his career high with a season-high 13 rebounds against Oakland (12/14) • Recorded two or more steals in 10 contests, including a career-high tying and season-high five steals against Iowa (3/6) • Other top efforts include four steals against No. 1 Kentucky (11/12), and three against both Virginia Tech (11/22) and Indiana (1/4) • Notched a season-high three blocks against Oakland (12/14), Northwestern (1/15) and Iowa (3/6) • Dished out a season-high five assists against McNeese State (11/8), and tallied four against Delaware (3/20) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Appeared in all 36 games, starting 35, averaging 26.9 minutes, fourth most on the team • Did not miss a game or practice all season despite suffering a torn left ACL in the 2012 regular-season finale • Averaged 8.9 points, fifth best on the team, and 5.9 rebounds, third best on the team • Shot .531 from the field, ranking second on the team among players with more than 100 attempts, and seventh in the Big Ten • Led the Spartans in steals (57), ranking sixth in the Big Ten (1.6 spg) • In conference games, he ranked sixth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (.532) and eighth in steals (1.4 spg) • Scored in double figures in 16 games, leading the team in two contests • MSU was 13-3 when he scored in double-figures • Scored a season-high 20 points at Purdue (2/9), hitting 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line • Recorded three double-doubles on the season, including an 18-point, 13-rebound performance at Wisconsin (1/22) • Also posted double-doubles against Connecticut (11/9) in the season opener (15 pts., 10 reb.) and against Purdue (1/5) at home (14 pts., 11 reb.) • Grabbed double-digit rebounds in five contests, with 12 games recording seven rebounds or more • MSU was undefeated in the six games where he led the Spartans in rebounding • Tallied a season-high five steals against both Connecticut (11/9) and Texas Southern (11/18) • Ranked second on the team in blocks (33), including blocking a season-high four shots against Loyola-Chicago (12/8) and Nebraska (2/16).

Started the first 31 games of the season, averaging 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds • Missed the final six contests after suffering a torn left ACL in the regular-season finale vs. Ohio State • Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media vote) • Ranked fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding • Third on the squad in both steals (29) and blocks (26) • Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage overall (.577) and third in conference games (.584) • Led the squad in field-goal percentage, ranking fourth all-time among Spartan freshmen • Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding overall (2.2 orpg) and sixth in conference games (2.1 orpg) • Ranked 13th in the Big Ten in blocked shots overall (0.8 bpg) and 11th in conference games (0.9 bpg) • Scored in double figures in 12 contests • Led the Spartans in scoring in four games, including contests vs. Texas Southern (11/18 - 13 points), UMKC (12/19 - 16 points), Purdue (1/21 - 14 points) and Illinois (1/31 - 12 points) • Twice scored a season-high 16 points, including games against UMKC (12/19) and Minnesota (1/25) • Ranked second on the team with three double-doubles: vs. Central Connecticut State (12/7 - 11 points, 11 rebounds), at Illinois (1/31 - 12 points, 13 rebounds) and at Purdue (2/19 - 15 points, 11 rebounds), leading MSU in rebounding in all three games • Grabbed six or more rebounds on 10 occasions, including a season high 13 at Illinois (1/31) • Tallied two steals on 10 occasions, including two games with three steals • Blocked two or more shots in nine games, including a season-high four blocks vs. Minnesota (1/25) • Ranks third all-time among Spartan freshmen with 26 blocks • Grabbed seven rebounds in his Spartan debut against North Carolina (11/11), tied for the fifth-most ever by a MSU freshman in his first game • Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 30, becoming the first Spartan honored in the two-year history of the award, following his 16-point effort vs. Minnesota (1/25).

High School
2011 McDonald's All-American, recording nine points and eight rebounds in the McDonald's All-American Game • Participant in McDonald's All-American Game Powerade Jam Fest • 2011 PARADE Magazine Third-Team All-American • Averaged 28.7 points, 18.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists as a senior for Coach Renaldo Thomas at Lew Wallace High School, leading team to a sectional championship and the regional semifinials • Member of Indiana All-Stars, competing against Kentucky All-Stars • 2011 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-State selection • 2011 Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year • Played in 2011 Derby Festival Classic • Ranked among the top 25 players in the nation by Scout.com (#13), Rivals.com (#20) and ESPNU Top 100 (#22) • Rated the No. 4 small forward in the nation by Scout.com, No. 5 by ESPNU Top 100 and No. 7 by Rivals.com • 2010 Associated Press First-team All-State honoree • 2010 Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year • Averaged 23.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 3.1 blocks as a junior, shooting 62 percent from the field • Led Lew Wallace High School to a 19-5 mark and the 3A state championship game, totaling 22 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss • Participated in 2010 LeBron James and Paul Pierce Skills Academies • Participated in 2010 NBA Top 100 Camp • Three-time all-area selection • Averaged 17.3 points, 15 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.8 blocks as a sophomore • AAU teammate of fellow freshman Travis Trice for SYF Players.

Born Feb 1, 1993 • Son of Leon Albritton and Cassandra Dawson • Sociology major.