Dominique Dawson is Possible Gopher Walk-On

Dominique Dawson, a 6-foot-7 big man from Minneapolis Southwest, is quietly having an outstanding senior season. He is averaging 21.9 points per game this season and has scored 30 or more points four times in the last seven games. Dawson attended the Wisconsin game Wednesday and is a potential basketball walk-on. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Southwest A.D. Ryan Lamberty to learn the latest.

Dominique Dawson had scored in double figures in 20 of 21 games and has shined recently. He had 32 points versus Minneapolis Roosevelt, 31 against Minneapolis Washburn, 33 versus White Bear Lake and 35 against PACT Charter. The Lakers are off to a 5-17 start.

The Gophers have a tie with the Southwest coaching staff as Brian Smith, son of Minnesota head coach Tubby, is the 10th-grade coach for the Lakers.

Dawson also was a standout wide receiver for the pass-happy Lakers as he caught 34 passes for 664 yards with eight touchdowns. He had four receptions for 113 yards versus Minneapolis North, seven catches for 131 yards and one touchdown against Minneapolis Washburn, four receptions for 104 yards one one score versus Minneapolis South, six grabs for 151 yards and two touchdowns against St. Paul Johnson and two touchdowns against Minneapolis Henry.

Lamberty said that Dawson is just starting to get some higher level recruiting interest.

"I don't believe that a lot of D-I's are looking at him," he said. "I think that the Gophers have talked to him just because of Brian and I know that he was at the Gopher game last night, but he is just starting to do some looking at that level."

Lamberty said that Dawson has played several sports for the Lakers.

"He was a wide receiver for the football team. He wrestled as a freshman and all the way growing up," Lamberty said. "I think that he has looked at some other sports like rugby and some other things. I don't know how much he has participated in them though. He did not have crazy stats, but he was one of our better wide receivers."

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