September 4, 2012
New Mexico guard ready for Laramie visit
While the calendar may be screaming football, recruiting season for the basketball is heating up as high school seniors are allowed to take official visits. Clovis, New Mexico guard John Dawson has decided he will take six visits this fall and plans to start his visits with a trip to Laramie this weekend.
This weekend's visit to Laramie and the University of Wyoming will not be that unofficial visit. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Dawson said he is coming in on Friday and is excited for his first visit to the Cowboy State.
"I want to see the environment," Dawson said. "I want to see a family atmosphere. When you have that feeling when you come home and everyone is happy to see you, you don't feel like you are in isolation."
Dawson said the Wyoming coaches told him they were excited to get him on-campus and they planned to introduce him to the team, take a campus tour and check out the atmosphere in Laramie as the football team takes on Toledo. Dawson said he has been in contact with the Cowboy coaches all summer, noting they were at all of his AAU games in both Las Vegas and Minneapolis.
"(Wyoming head coach Larry) Shyatt said he talked to me about being the final piece of the puzzle," Dawson said. "He said all he needs is a point guard that can do what I do. We talk a lot. Wyoming is probably one of the five top schools."
Dawson said he holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, UTEP, Cal-Poly, Idaho State and New Mexico State. He said he has decided to visit Wyoming, Creighton, Colorado State, Auburn and UTEP. Last season Dawson said he averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per contest to go along with six steals. This summer he played with BYC Elite and said his game took a strong step forward.
"I get my teammates involved a lot. I can shoot the three, I can get into the paint and score if I want to, but I am a team player and I play defense," Dawson said. "This summer I improved a lot over the summer," said Dawson. " My quickness, my strength and my decision with the ball."
Dawson's summer league coach Michael Clay also had terrific things to say about Dawson's summer.
"With his physicality he is able to do things in the half court that a lot of guards can't do," Clay said. "He can finish at the rim with one or two hands, off one leg or two. He has drastically improved his perimeter shot. He is not a volume shooter. We have some kids in New Mexico who average a phenomenal number of points. They get it off 25-35 shots. That's not his game. He is a great teammate."
Dawson said he plans to take all of his official visits before making a decision. He said he is looking for a place he can play early, that has a great coach, a family environment and a team with the drive to win.
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