Dawson Announces Return To MSU For Senior Season
April 15, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior Branden Dawson announced his decision to remain in school for his senior season on Tuesday.
A 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Gary, Ind., Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for the Spartans in 2013-14. He missed 10 games due to injury, including nine straight with a broken hand from Jan. 25 to Feb. 23. Upon his return in March, Dawson elevated his level of play. In seven postseason games, he averaged 15.7 points, ranking second on the squad, and posted a team-best .681 field-goal percentage, while being named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament, leading the Spartans to a tournament crown. In four NCAA Tournament games, he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds, shooting .634 from the field.
Due to the number of games he missed due to injury, Dawson was not eligible to be ranked in the Big Ten statistics. Had he played in enough games, he would have ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and first in field-goal percentage (.613). At MSU's Awards Banquet, he was co-recipient of the Best Defensive Player and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award, and a tri-recipient of the Chairman of the Boards Award.
Quote from Michigan State junior guard/forward Branden Dawson
"This last year, I made some big improvements in my game as I've worked on my shooting and ball handling. I know that with another offseason of hard work that I can make even more improvement and become more consistent. After not being able to work on my game between my freshman and sophomore seasons due to an injury, I saw what a difference a summer can make last year. I'm ready to put in another summer of work and excited to see the results. I think I played some of the best basketball of my career over the last month, and I can't wait to do that every game next season."
Quote from Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo
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