Nov. 10, 2010
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo announced Wednesday that four players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Michigan State next fall and play for the 2011-12 Spartan basketball team. The signees include Dwaun Anderson (G, 6-3, 195, Suttons Bay, Mich., Suttons Bay H.S.), Branden Dawson (F, 6-6, 205, Gary, Ind., Lew Wallace H.S.), Brandan Kearney (F, 6-6, 182, Detroit, Mich., Southeastern H.S.) and Travis Trice (G, 6-0, 168, Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne H.S.).
Dwaun Anderson (G, 6-3, 195, Suttons Bay, Mich., Suttons Bay H.S.) - 2010 Class C All-State Selection as chosen by the Detroit Free Press ... Averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks as a junior for Coach Todd Hursey at Suttons Bay High School ... Led Suttons Bay to a 25-2 mark and a spot in the 2010 Class C state title game ... Totaled 16 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and three steals in the title game ... Also earned All-Northwest Conference and All-Area Dream Team honors as a junior ... Ranked the No. 89 player and the No. 23 shooting guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... 2009 Class C All-State Selection as chosen by the Detroit Free Press ... Averaged 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4 assists as a sophomore ... 2009 All-Northwest Conference and All-Area First Team selection ... Averaged 14.5 points, 2 assists and 1.5 rebounds as a freshman.
Branden Dawson (F, 6-6, 205, Gary, Ind., Lew Wallace H.S.) - 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 ... Ranked among the top 15 players in the nation by Rivals.com (#13), ESPNU Top 100 (#14) and Scout.com (#15) ... Rated the No. 4 small forward in the nation by Rivals.com, ESPNU Top 100 and Scout.com ... Participated in 2010 LeBron James and Paul Pierce Skills Academies ... Participated in 2010 NBA Top 100 Camp ... Two-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 Michigan State signee Travis Trice for SYF Players ... Plays for Coach Renaldo Thomas at Lew Wallace High School.
Brandan Kearney (F, 6-6, 182, Detroit, Mich., Southeastern H.S.) - Averaged 15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block as a junior for Coach George Ward at Detroit Southeastern High School ... Also shot 51 percent from the field ... Led Southeastern to 2010 Michigan Class A regional semifinal ... 2010 Sixth-team All-State Class A and Third-team All-Detroit selection as chosen by Detroit Free Press ... Scored a season-high 33 points against Chicago Julien ... Participated in 2010 NBA Top 100 Camp ... Rated the No. 29 small forward in the nation by Scout.com ... Took part in USA Basketball competition in each of the last two summers ... 2010 USA Basketball Youth Olympic Games participant ... Member of 2009-10 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team ... Won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship ... Averaged 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a sophomore ... Led Southeastern to 2009 district title and PSL championship game ... Averaged 10 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a freshman.
Travis Trice (G, 6-0, 168, Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne H.S) - Averaged 22.1 points, 4.9 assists and 4.2 steals as a junior at Wayne High School, playing for his father Travis Trice ... Shot 43 percent from 3-point range ... 2010 Third-team All-State honoree ... First-team all-conference and all-district selection ... 2010 conference player of the year ... Rated the No. 28 point guard in the nation by Scout.com ... Two-time district underclassman of the year ... Averaged 16.5 points as a sophomore ... 2009 Third-team all-district and First-team all-conference ... AAU teammate of fellow Michigan State signee Branden Dawson for SYF Players ... Father, Travis, played two years each at Purdue and Butler ... Grandfather, Bob Pritchett, played at Vincennes University and Old Dominion and is in the Old Dominion Hall of Fame.