Position: Point Guard
Size: 6-foot-2 195 pounds
High School and Travel League: Clovis High School (NM) and BYC Elite
ESPN’s 44th ranked PG
247Sports 70th ranked PG
Dawson is a solid ball handler who is effective in half court sets and in transition. He is also a good shooter with range out to the 3-point line. His basketball intelligence, especially for a point guard, is desirable.
“John’s a combination guard who is more of a point guard given his ability to run a team. Makes plays for his team. Has good size for the point. He can slide over and play off the ball as well. Good athlete.” – ESPN
“John has great enthusiasm. He has the ability to make guys want to play with him; he makes teammates better.” “He has a great attitude as well. He can really score and make plays off the dribble.” – Mike Clay, Dawson’s BYC Elite travel team coach
The only weakness that is published on the recruit from New Mexico is his lack of experience against stiffer competition, which is likely the reason why Rivals.com and Scout.com failed to rank him. He didn’t play in hotbeds such as Chicago or New York City, causing some to question his abilities. Making the jump to the college game can be a challenge for any recruit, but this kid seems to have the size and head on his shoulders to succeed.
How he will fit in:
Playing time during Dawson’s freshman year could be sparse. Derrick Wilson, a junior, is generally expected to be the starter given his experience. But fellow incoming recruit, Duane Wilson, a top 100 recruit in the nation, could also see plenty of time at the point. Dawson may be seen as a project and as the point guard in waiting, but his versatility to play off the ball should help him to get playing time.