July 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Analyst: MSU's Branden Dawson will be among nation's 'most productive' players

Branden Dawson averaged 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 28.3 minutes last season. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)

Michigan State senior swingman Branden Dawson is predicted to be one of the 10 “most productive performers” in college basketball this season, according to ESPN’s John Gasaway.

Gasaway explains productivity this way: “Something more valuable than simply points per game. These are the players who project to help their teams the most this coming season.”

Dawson frequently has been an electrifying player during his first three seasons as a Spartan. But he also has been plagued by bouts of inconsistency. Gasaway touched on this in his in his analysis of Dawson:

“Against Harvard and Virginia in the NCAA tournament, Dawson scored 50 points in two win-or-go-home games. True, he then disappeared … (five points) in the Spartans' 60-54 Elite Eight loss to Connecticut. But I think Tom Izzo would be the first to tell you that outside of Gary Harris, more or less the entire MSU team disappeared against the Huskies. With Harris and Adreian Payne now in the NBA, I expect to see more of the Harvard/Virginia-variety Dawson.”

Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky is among the 10 players Gasaway expects to be “in the headlines throughout 2014-15.”