Devils pursuing Illinois JC point guard

Point guard has always been a position the Sun Devils wished to fill in the 2010 recruiting class, and those efforts have led them to Wabash Valley Junior College in Mt. Carmel, IL and their star Brandon Dunson.

The 6-3 180 Brandon Dunson prepped at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, IL and signed with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga out of high school. A year later he played at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. At that point, Dunson felt that his career wasn't going in the right direction.

"They had a four year- postseason ban because they entered Division I a couple of years ago and they're not out of it yet," Dunson explained. "I wanted to play at bigger, more successful program and also play my natural position of point guard. They didn't have a lot of size on that team so they played me on the wing."

His transfer to Wabash Valley Junior College has been very beneficial so far. The Warriors are currently 15-2 on the year and the guard reported averages per games of 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Dunson said that observers think he reminds them of Russell Westbrook in his play, but that he doesn't necessarily try to model his game after any one NBA player. "I have good athleticism and my defensive ability may be my biggest trait right now," Dunson claimed. "I'm a good jump shooter and I have the ability to create for others. But I know I can improve on everything I do and I need to keep up my level of play."

Gonzaga, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Nevada have also joined the recruiting fray with Arizona State in recent weeks. Even though he has no offers from those programs, those suitors have already been making the trek to Mt. Carmel to Dunson in person. "Oklahoma State visited me last week," Dunson remarked, "Nevada is coming today (Monday afternoon) and Gonzaga said that there were going to come sometime this week."

ASU Assistant Coach Scott Pera will be there on Wednesday.

"I have been talking to Coach Scott Pera for the last three weeks and I talked to coach Sendek on Sunday night," Dunson commented. "Arizona State has been recruiting me very hard ever since they first contacted me and told me that I was one of their top priorities. Coach Sendek talked about the tradition they are building there and how they thought this was going to be a transition year but they really stepped it up. I know Coach Sendek is a successful coach and I knew of Arizona State last year when they had (James) Harden and (Jeff) Pendergraph."

"I like the system that they run and they play in the Pac-10 which is always attractive. I was born out in Los Angeles and the west coast is really attractive to me. I caught their game against Oregon and I like how they push the ball up the floor and makes things happen in transition." They have good recruits coming in and the program is really on the up and up. It's real exciting because I want to go to a winning program."

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