I was always impressed with Branden Dawson at Michigan State. He was composed, and clearly had the build of an NBA player. Athletic, big, strong – he was a high school All-American who was overlooked at Sparty.
Now he will get his chance to shine in the pros with my Los Angeles Clippers! Destiny. Like Tom Izzo said, he’ll be playing for a good coach in Doc Rivers. He has the ability to make it in the NBA, no doubt.
“I’m really excited for Branden,” Izzo said in a statement. “He’ll have the opportunity to play for one of the best coaches in the NBA, and being the Clippers’ only draft pick is certainly a plus. Branden had a very good career at Michigan State. He overcame three major injuries, graduated, won Big Ten titles and played in a Final Four. He kept working and improving, and tonight his dream of reaching the NBA came true.”
Remember when Louisville disrespected him before the elite eight? And who snagged the final offensive rebound and put it back – in your face, doubters.