May 15, 2012

Wyo a constant of Dawson's summer

The University of Wyoming basketball coaches have been a constant presence around Clovis, New Mexico point guard, John Dawson this summer. The 2013 prospect stands 6-foot-3, weighs 180 pounds and has seen his recruiting stock rise this spring. However, that hasn't stopped Wyoming Head Coach Larry Shyatt and assistant coach Jeremy Shyatt from showing Dawson he is one of their top priorities for 2013.

Dawson's AAU coach, BYC Elite head man Michael Clay, said the Pokes have done well to get Dawson's attention, pointing out the Wyoming coaching staff has been regulars at the BYC Elite games this spring.

"(Wyoming) has been at every game we have played at this year," Clay said. "The head coach and the assistant. I respect that and I like how they are recruiting him as well.

"Coach Shyatt and his son have done an excellent job of recruiting him so far," said Clay. "They seem really sincere and I know John-John really likes that. They are one of the schools that he talks highly of."

If the Wyoming Cowboys are going to pull him out of Clovis, they will have to fight a list of, what Clay said were a list of offers that number in the middle teens.

"I know he's been hearing from the Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain West, No Pac-12 yet," said Clay. "I know he has a couple West Coast Conference schools, Northern Colorado has offered and Colorado has been calling every day about him, but they haven't offered yet."

Last season as the point guard for Clovis High School, Dawson averaged 18 points, nine assists and five rebounds per contest, according to Clay. The BYC Elite coach talked at length of Dawson's court savvy and his ability in the open court, as well as his strength in running a half court offense. Clay compared Dawson's game to that of Kansas State's Jacob Pullen.

"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 parameter 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."

Clay said coming into the spring session, he thought Dawson may be worthy of a lower level Division I program. However, Clay said he now thinks Dawson may be a notch or two better than that.

"I thought a good place for him would be a low Division I and now I think he can play at any high major in the country," Clay said. "I think he is looking for a place where his style of play is conducive to what the programs are doing. And, I think he is looking for a place he can play immediately as well."

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