Greg McDermott Signs His First Recruits

AMES, Iowa--Iowa State head men's basketball coach Greg McDermott announced today the signing of a pair of guards to national letters of intent for the 2006-07 basketball season. Michael Taylor (G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Milwaukee, Wis.), one of the top junior college guards in the nation, and Dodie Dunson (G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Bloomington, Ill.), a star player at Brewster Academy {N.H.} last season, are the first two recruits in the McDermott era and will enroll at ISU in the Fall of 2006.

"Michael and Dodie are two guys who will bring a strong team-first mentality to our program," McDermott said. "We are confident that both have the ability to impact our team immediately while adding quality depth and experience to our backcourt."


Taylor, who will be a junior next season, just finished his second year at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., where he was considered one of the top-50 junior college players nationally. He averaged 12.5 points and 3.8 assists for a team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation throughout the season.


"Michael plays the game with a high level of passion and his athletic ability, explosiveness and will to win is what separates him the most," McDermott said. "He has had two highly successful years playing for Greg Heiar at Chipola and he has proven himself to be a player that can explode into the paint and create for himself and his teammates. His physical ability along with his competitiveness allows him to be an excellent perimeter defender."


Dunson was considered one of the top prospects out of Illinois before attending Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for one season. He averaged 17.2 points and 4.3 assists for a Brewster team that went 20-9.


"Dodie brings to our team a rich basketball tradition along with a tremendous desire to succeed both on the court and in the classroom," McDermott said.  "He is a high-character guy who possesses a strong work ethic and team-first mentality. His experiences have included association with quality coaches and competitive teams. We have followed and recruited Dodie the past few years at both Bloomington H.S. under coach Ron Rose and at Brewster Academy coached by Jason Smith. Shooting the ball is clearly one of his strengths. We love his versatility to play either guard position and his size and athletic ability will aid him on both ends of the floor."


Dunson and Taylor will join Cory Johnson (F, 6-7, 215, Fr., Duluth, Minn.) as three of ISU's recruits for next season so far. Johnson, a first-team all-state selection who ended his career as Minnesota's fourth all-time leading scorer in state history, signed a letter of intent in November.


Iowa State Men's Basketball 2006 Recruits

Cory Johnson, F, 6-7, 215, Freshman, Duluth, Minn. (East)

Dodie Dunson, G, 6-3, 185, Freshman, Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington/Brewster Academy {N.H.})

Michael Taylor, G, 6-2, 175, Junior, Milwaukee, Wis. (Marshall/Chipola {Fla.} JC)


Player Capsules

Michael Taylor
G, 6-12, 175, Junior
Milwaukee, Wis. (Marshall/Chipola (Fla.) Junior College)
Junior College: An athletic and active two-guard who was a top-50 junior college prospect...ranked as the 38th-best junior college player in the nation according to JucoJunction...averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals in his final season at Chipola...his squad was ranked No. 1 in the nation during most of the season and was ranked sixth in the final NJCAA finished 27-3 and was knocked out by Tallahassee Community College (67-66) to miss the NJCAA national tournament...earned first-team all-Panhandle Conference honors in 2006...shot 49.1 percent (127-258) from the field and 40 percent (48-120) from 3-point range, leading the team with 48 treys...averaged 8.5 ppg as a freshman at Chipola JC, helping the Indians go 33-4 and finish fourth at the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan...was a second-team all-conference pick in 2005...current ISU assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger was an assistant at Chipola in Taylor's freshman season.

High School: Earned honorable mention all-state honors as a senior after averaging 25.0 ppg...was just 5-10 when he graduated...scored 41 points vs. Juneau.


Dodie Dunson

G, 6-3,185, Freshman
Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington/Brewster Academy {N.H.} )
High School: A combo guard who can score, pass and defend...spent the last season at Brewster Academy where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game for a team that went 20-9...scored 26 points on six 3-pointers vs. Worcester...was a three-star recruit...originally committed to Illinois State out of high school, but opted to go to prep school for one season...prepped at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Ill., before heading to Brewster...was a two-time all-conference pick...was Big 12 Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2005, averaging 16.1 points, 4.9 assists and 2.9 won the conference and went 24-4 in Dunson's senior season...was a 2005 fourth-team Class AA all-state selection...was ranked as one of the top-20 recruits in Illinois in 2005...chose Iowa State over Minnesota and Tulsa.


Cory Johnson

F, 6-7, 215, Freshman
Duluth, Minn. (East)
High School: A combo forward who is one of the top-150 players in the class of 2006...ranked No. 146 in the top-150 class of 2006...HoopScoop ranked him as the 78th-best player nationally...capped off an outstanding career by earning first-team all-state honors for the second season in a row by the Associated Press and St. Paul Pioneer Press...his Duluth East team was the 2006 Class 3A runner-up state champs, ending the season with a 29-3 of  the most prolific scorers in Minnesota state basketball history, Johnson ended his career with 2,930 points to rank fourth all-time in Minnesota prep boys history...he was 83 points shy of third-place Jake Sullivan (3,013), who was a four-year starter at Iowa State (2001-04)...Sullivan ended his ISU career with 1,810 points to rank seventh in school history...was named to the Class 3A all-tournament team after averaging 25.0 ppg in three state tournament games...finished his senior season as the Class 3A state scoring leader, averaging 27.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg...particapted in the 2006 Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game...participated in the NIKE All-American camp in summer of 2005...played for the Howard Pulley AAU team...was a first-team all-state selection as a junior by the St. Paul Pioneer Press...averaged 27.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2004-05, as his Duluth East team finished the season at was ranked during most of the season...scored a career-high 49 points vs. Duluth Central...was the Duluth News Tribune 2005 Player of the Year...averaged 23.1 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore, earning honorable mention all-state honors...broke Duluth East's career scoring record, formerly held by McDonald's All-American and NBA player Rick Rickert...chose Iowa State over Minnesota, Boston College and Creighton.


Minnesota Boys Basketball Career Scoring Leaders
1. Isaiah Dahlman, Braham (2006)-  Michigan State               3,366
2. Joel McDonald, Chisholm (1991)- St. Cloud State              3,292
3. Jake Sullivan, Tartan (2000)- Iowa State                     3,013
4. Cory Johnson, Duluth East (2006)- Iowa State         2,930


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