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Branden Dawson
Branden Dawson


Height / Weight:
6-6 / 225


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


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Michigan State vs. Connecticut (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Connecticut (USATSI)


Michigan State vs. Virginia

Michigan State vs. Virginia photos by USA TODAY Sports


No. 22 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Wisconsin

No. 22 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Wisconsin photos by USA TODAY Sports


No. 22 Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa

No. 22 Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa photos by USA TODAY Sports


Michigan State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Looking for a breakout season after a strong summer of skill development; after being forced to spend last summer rehabbing an ACL injury suffered in March 2012 • Named the Big Ten's Most Entertaining Player and a preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's College Basketball Magazine • Owns a dynamic combination of elite athleticism and Big Ten strength • Has tremendous rebounding instincts both on the offensive and defensive ends • Has developed into a strong defender with the ability and versatility to defend multiple positions.

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 (#13), (#20) and ESPNU Top 100 (#22) • Rated the No. 4 small forward in the nation by, No. 5 by ESPNU Top 100 and No. 7 by • 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.


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