The former Spartan was selected late in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. However, Dawson quickly learned how professional sports work when he was quickly traded to the L.A. Clippers for cash considerations.
Dawson becomes the 16-th Spartan to play for Tom Izzo to be selected in the draft and the 15-th Spartan since the 2000 draft.
“I'm just really at a loss for words. This is a dream come true,” said Dawson, shortly after being selected. “My mind is still racing.
“As the night went on, and other players were selected ahead of me, I never stopped having faith. I was surrounded by family and friends, and they kept telling me to keep the faith.”
**Dawson quotes provided by MSU Communications**