Butler 2013 Yearbook: Kellen Dunham

InsideTheDawgPound breaks down Kellen Dunham's 2012-13 season and looks forward to 2013-14

In the Butler Yearbook feature, InsideTheDawgPound will take a look at each player on the roster heading into the new school year and season. We analyze last season's performance and where the player could be headed during the upcoming season.

Next up in the 2013 Yearbook is guard Kellen Dunham.


 

Kellen Dunham

#24 - Sophomore - 6-foot 6, 185 pounds

Pendleton, IN

2012-13 Final Stats

PPG – 9.5

Total Points – 342

RPG – 2.8

Total Rebounds – 99

Offensive Rebounds – 21

Defensive Rebounds – 78

APG – 1.1

Total Assists – 40

BPG – 0.1

Total Blocks – 4

SPG – 0.6

Total Steals – 21

Shooting Stats

FGA – 259

FGM - 97

FG% - 37.5

3PA – 165

3PM – 57

3PT% - 34.5

FTA – 105

FTM – 91

FT% - 86.7

Total Fouls – 44

Average Minutes – 26.1

Games Played – 36

Games Started – 13

2012-13 Season in Review: Kellen Dunham was one of the most highly rated high school recruits to enter the Butler program since Matt Howard in 2006. Dunham was almost a consensus Top 100 player and had great expectations thrust upon him entering his freshman season.

Dunham meshed well with senior guard Rotnei Clarke early in the season and eventually worked his way into the starting lineup as a freshman, but excelled more as the 6th man. The 6-foot 6 guard had a break game out early against North Carolina where he scored 17 points on 5/9 3-point shooting. He scored his season and career-high 18 points against Elon in the opening game of the season, which was a Butler freshman record for their debut.

Dunham played in all 36 games as a freshman and was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team. He averaged 26 minutes per game and shot the ball well to start the season, but struggled during the final eight games of the season. He made just six 3-pointers during the final eight games of the season.

One area where Dunham did not struggle all year was on the free-throw line, where he was 91/105 (86.7%).

2013-14 Season Preview: With the loss of their top two scorers in Clarke and senior center Andrew Smith, Dunham will be looked upon to score for the young Butler team. Last season Clarke took a lot of pressure off of the entire team by stretching the floor and creating the offensive. This year Dunham could find it much more difficult to find an opening without an experienced point guard by his side. If other scorers don't emerge teams will lock down on Dunham and he may find little room to operate, especially with Roosevelt Jones missing for the season. He will need to work with freshman Elijah Brown and Rene Castro, as well as Devontae Morgan and , Alex Barlow to spark the offense.

Dunham needs to prove himself playing against long, athletic guards. He struggled to get shots off or penetrate against Marquette, Xavier, and St. Louis last season. Now in the Big East, Butler and Dunham will see teams with those types of guard much more often.

Dunham averaged nearly 16 points per game during their four game trip to Australia and showed a willingness to attack the basketball and shoot under pressure. Look for Dunham to not only take shots from the perimeter, but also attack the basket early in the season as his young teammates get acclimated. He will be looked to as a leader, despite being just a sophomore, and will be on the court a lot this season for the Bulldogs.


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