Branden Dawson Shines in Front of Tubby Smith

Branden Dawson, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Gary (IN) Lew Wallace had 22 points and eleven rebounds, but it was not enough as the Hornets fell to Washington 65-62 in overtime in the Class AAA Indiana State Tournament in front of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith.

Lew Wallace finished the season 19-5, snapping their ten-game winning streak. Dawson, who is averaging 24.0 points and 14.7 rebounds per game, has offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue and UCLA.

Washington was led by 6-foot-10 junior Cody Zeller, who had 20 points and tied an Indiana championship game record with 26 rebounds for the Hatchets (23-3), who improved to 6-0 in state title games and won their third championship since 2005. Zeller is the younger brother of Luke, who played at Notre Dame and Tyler, who is at North Carolina. Both brothers won state titles for Washington.

Zeller was named the Associated Press all-tournament MVP and Dawson made the all-tourney team.

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith was just one of several top flight coaches to attend the Indiana state high school championship. Purdue head coach Matt Painter, Roy Williams of North Carolina, Bruce Weber from Illinois and Northwestern assistant Mitch Henderson were in attendance.

Dawson played for the SYF Players AAU program, which played in the Sabes Invitational in Bloomington last May.

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