Dunson signs with ASU

Committing to a school site unseen, let alone signing without seeing your destination in person is rare in the recruiting world. Nonetheless, that is exactly what Wabash Valley (Ill.) Community College star Brandon Dunson is doing. The junior college point guard inked his name on his letter of intent with ASU this morning as he prepares for his official trip to Tempe this weekend.

"It feels great knowing everything is settled now," said the 6-3 180 Brandon Dunson shortly after him signing. "I'm very excited."

Dunson admitted that he never thought he would pledge to a school before visiting and in fact was determined to take all of his five official visits so he can make an informed decision.

"Going into Junior College I was researching schools before they even started recruiting me," Dunson recalled. "Arizona State was already one school I knew I would like to play for and when they contacted me for the first time I was very excited. After talking to my JUCO coach, my high school coach, people that have known Coach Sendek all had great things to say about him and it made me even more excited.

"Playing back on the west coast in the Pac-10 (Dunson was born and lived several years in Los Angeles) …everything just felt right."

ASU's newest 2010 class signee added that being able to see his new surroundings online naturally put his mind at ease.

"Coach sent me a link right before I committed in January," Dunson said. "That was a movie showing all the facilities and the campus. It really blew away and it got me excited about Arizona State."

As a sophomore Dunson averaged 11.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, and 3.4 rpg. He shot 52% from the field, 46 % from 3-pt range and 71% FT. He also had a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. The point guard played for Wabash Valley College who finished 28-5 and ranked 16th nationally in the NLCAA poll and was named All-Region and All-Conference.

"I think I can bring a lot of leadership and that's what the coaches want me to do," Dunson remarked concerning his skills. "I have the ability to create for others off the dribble. For most of my life I have been a scorer, but this year on my team I needed to be more of distributor. I do a good job driving and then kicking it out to a shooter or dropping it down for a big man. I'm also a good defender."

Oklahoma State and Nevada have also offered Dunson, and schools such as Gonzaga, Florida State and Illinois were all pursuing him as well.

Dunson is visiting Tempe with his good friend Moraine Valley (Ill.) Community College Dwight McCombs who already has a Sun Devil offer. The forward has offers from Indiana, Auburn and Middle Tennessee State and it is believed that the later school along with ASU are the schools with the best chance to land McCombs, with the Sun Devil apparently having the inside track.

Dunson has been recruiting McCombs in earnest ever since the forward was receiving interest from ASU and would love nothing else for his friend to pledge to the maroon and gold while on their visit.

"He said that if he feels comfortable enough he isn't afraid to commit on his visit," Dunson said. "I think when he sees everything he will be blown away."

Dunson, along with Chanse Creekmur who signed yesterday bring the total of signees in ASU's 2010 class to five.


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