Gophers check out Iowa JC guard Wade Dunston

The Minnesota Gophers have two available scholarships for the 2004-05 season and are looking at junior college transfers who could make a more immediate impact than a high schoolers. Bryson Krueger of Yavapai (AZ) CC seems to be tops on their list as he has three years of eligibility and was a previous SEC signee with Vanderbilt. Another JC player has recently gotten on the Gophers radar. Wade Dunston, a 6-4 shooting guard of Iowa Western (IA) CC, caught the eyes of the Gopher staff

Wade Dunston was spotted by Gopher coaches when they were watching Julius Ashby of Marshalltown (IA) CC. He transferred to Iowa Western after playing at Daytona Beach (FL) CC as a freshman. Ironically, Dunston is a teammate with Kris Collins, who signed with Minnesota after playing at Collins County (TX) CC as a freshman. However, he was dismissed from the team for what Gopher head coach Dan Monson called "repeated team rules violations in regards to his academic responsibilities." Collins transferred to Iowa Western, where he sat out the 2002-03 season. He will have two years of Division I eligiblity.

Dunston has helped lead the Reivers to a 25-6 mark. They hosted its first-ever Region XI playoff game Thursday as they defeated Indian Hills (IA) CC 95-84 as Dunston scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He made four of eleven shots from the field and seven of eleven from the line. Dunston also did a solid defensive job on Warrior standout guard Rashad Carruth, who was previously at Kentucky and Oklahoma.

The win advances Iowa Western to a best of three series against defending national champion Southeastern (IA) CC. They face the Blackhawks on the road on Monday before returning to Council Bluffs Wednesday. The third game would be played back at Burlington on Friday, if necessary.

Dunston is the team's third leading scorer, averaging 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He is shooting 53.2% from the field, 32.4% from three-point range and 81.3% from the line.

Dunston averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists as a high school senior at Washington (DC) Bullis. He had 41 points, 11 rebounds, 12 steals and 8 assists in his final high school game. Dunston was a All-Met and All-Conference selection and was invited to play in the Jordan Capital Classic and Nike All American Camp.

Dunston received interest from West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Wyoming, but failed to qualify and he was forced to go the junior college route.

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