Big Mac Snags Another

It's been a busy week for Greg McDermott and his brand new staff at Iowa State. After picking up Michael Taylor earlier in the week, it was crunch time for another recruit who was visiting Ames this weekend. Find out all of the details here as CN talked to McDermott's newest commit's, former coach.

Greg McDermott picked up his second commit in his Iowa State tenure on Sunday afternoon as Dodie Dunson, a 6'2 185 pound guard out of the Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH committed to Iowa State.

 

Dunson's head coach at the Brewster Academy, Jason Smith, went off about how great of a kid that Iowa State will be getting next season.

 

"You're going to be hard pressed to find any kid in the country who brings Dodie's personality, his character and overall demeanor. That's first and foremost," said Smith.

 

Dunson visited Iowa State this weekend and knew it was the place for him on Sunday around noon according to Smith. Here's proof as to the kind of kid Dunson is.

 

"He was going on about how he was ready to make a decision to go to Iowa State. His concern was that he had made commitments to visit Minnesota and Tulsa the next two weekends. What he said to me was that he was 100% sure that he wanted to go to Iowa State but he didn't want to go back on his word that he was going to visit those other two schools," said Smith.

 

Like coaches are supposed to do, Smith gave Dunson advice.

 

"He said that he didn't want it to have a negative affect on future kids from the Brewster Academy when those schools recruit them. I said Dodie, you have to understand that this is a business and if you're 100% sure and your parents are sure, you'd be doing those other schools a disservice by visiting them," said Smith.

 

Dunson had already been contacted by Iowa State before Coach McDermott was hired as the head coach. According to Smith, Dunson was contacted by Wayne Morgan's staff only two days before they were fired at Iowa State. As soon as McDermott took over, he was hot on Dunson's trail. Iowa State assistant coach, T.J. Otzelberger went to visit Dunson this past Tuesday and Dunson came into Ames for an on campus visit this weekend.

 

"Coach Otzleberger was here on Tuesday to watch us work out and probably in the course of two hours that he was on campus and people found out that he was here to look at Dodie, everyone went on about to tell him about the kind of kid Dodie is in terms of his personality and his character," said Smith.

 

Smith also talked about Dunson's game on the court.

 

"On the court Dodie has a little bit of a swagger. It's funny to know Dodie off of the court and then to know him on the court," said Smith.

 

Last year Dunson played point guard for the Brewster Academy and one trait that makes him so good are his unusually large hands.

 

"He's got absolutely huge hands. He can make entry passes into the post while palming the ball. He's an above average athlete," said Smith.

 

Smith also talked about the unselfish basketball that Iowa State fans can expect to see from Dunson.

 

"In the beginning of the year he was almost too unselfish. He would always refer to his teammates. In January our leading scorer went down with an injury and that's when Dodie really stood up and took control and started to assert himself more on the offensive end," said Smith.

 

Dunson went on to average 17 PPG, 5 APG and 5.5 RPG last season.

 

In McDermott's opening press conference, he told the crowd that next year's team would play defense. His recruiting efforts are off to a good start.

 

"He was our best perimeter defender throughout the year. Dodie routinely covered the opposing team's number one perimeter option. He would really do a tremendous job," said Smith.

 


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