Stanford head basketball coach Jerod Haase added an up-and-coming talent to his coaching staff Friday morning. Former Arizona State guard and Arizona Christian assistant coach Brandon Dunson will come on as a video and recruiting assistant.
Haase's coaching staff continues to round out after hiring Dunson along with Cory Schlesinger as sports performance coach last month. Schlesinger was the assistant director of sports enhancement at UAB where he coached with Haase. Jesse Pruitt also signed on with the Cardinal and is an experienced assistant in California, notching eight years with Santa Clara. Eight-year assistant Adam Cohen, who spent the previous two years with Vanderbilt. Dunson is the next hire.
He spent three years with the ACU, where the Firestorm became one of the top programs in the NAIA. In two years under head coach Jeff Rutter, the ACU program set records for most wins in back-to-back seasons. Dunson played at the junior college level with Wabash Valley College. He eventually went to Arizona State, where he spent one year. Dunson finished his college career at Azusa Pacific University, where he played under Rutter.
Dunson brought a lot to the Firestorm in terms of recruiting. Stanford already has strong ties to Arizona with former Pinnacle High School guard Dorian Pickens and former Sunnyslope Viking Michael Humphries on the roster. The Cardinal have also targeted a pair of guards from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ in Alex Barcello and Saben Lee.
The above video highlights Barcello put up 51 points on 24 shots in January of 2015 (That same game included 48 points from now Findlay Prep guard Markus Howard) as Corona del Sol cruised to a state title.
It certainly doesn’t hurt having a coach on staff who has connections and experience to a state that has produced key contributors to the current roster, as well as future potential Cardinal standouts.