Dunson impressed with his new surroundings

It has been well documented how Brandon Dunson decided to commit to Arizona State prior to visiting the Sun Devils' campus. The junior college point guard didn't need any validation that he made the right decision, yet his trip to Tempe this past weekend just reinforced the initial feelings he already had concerning the maroon and gold and his basketball future.

6-3 180 Brandon Dunson was stuck in the airport waiting for his delayed flight back home, however he couldn't stop raving about his official visit to Arizona State which ended earlier that day.

"It was better than expected," Dunson said of his visit to the Sun Devils. "I really didn't expect it to be this nice. I visited friends at campuses at Illinois, Indiana, Purdue…this is the nicest campus I've been to. None of those campuses compared to this one period.

"All the facilities I saw, both the basketball and the non-basketball ones are great. The way everything is set up, the campus, the housing…for a school that has 60,000 students it looks like it will be pretty easy navigating around because the way everything a set up. You would think that a school so huge you would walk a lot, but it only took 15 minutes walking causally from one end of the campus to the other. It's really nice."

Dunson was hosted by Jamelle McMillan and Ty Abbott.

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.

With the losses of Derek Glasser and Demetrius Walker, the Wabash Valley (Ill.) Community College star fills a dire need boosting point guard depth. Dunson believes that his skill set can benefit the team and satisfy the expectations the ASU coaches have put on him.

"The coaches said that they have the athletes to run (on offense) and we might press a little bit too," Dunson commented. "They want me to be a facilitator and a leader out there, score some points and play hard on defense.

"The coaches told me that (Ruslan) Pateev has improved a lot from last year. (Trent) Lockett's shot is much better, Jamelle (McMillan) can really shoot it from the three…there is a lot of talent on this team."

The point guard will finish up his studies in the middle of May and arrive back in Tempe for the start of the first summer session the beginning of June. "I plan to be at ASU pretty much for all of the summer," Dunson stated. "I'm getting my classes and everything else set up now."


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