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Branden Dawson can't find consistency this season.
Let’s get the biggest disappointment—or the lowest valley of the season, if you prefer—out of the way right now: Branden Dawson has been horribly inconsistent thus far and may prove to be the Spartans’ Achilles’ heel if he’s not careful.
When on, Dawson is among the…you know the rest. It’s the same point that’s made in every article about Dawson, regardless of author—he’s much too good to play at such a low level.
Often referred to as the “X-factor,” Dawson must live up to his junior status and contribute meaningful shifts each game. The key word here is “each,” not “some,” as has been the case throughout his career.
As a sophomore, the light flickered. This year, the light’s burning a bit, but it’s in danger of being smothered by the lackluster performances given by Dawson when it matters most—and that’s when the Spartans play national programs such as North Carolina and conference powers such as Ohio State.
Dawson’s not doing himself any favors by taking naps during the season. Don’t think for a second that NBA scouts don’t notice that behavior. There are far too many overpaid bench-riders in the Association, and if Dawson doesn’t make adjustments, that’ll be him in the future…on a good day.
He could just fade away into what-if status.
Izzo said the following about Dawson's in-and-out tendencies, via MLive.com's Gillian Van Stratt:
There's something wrong with Branden. There's no question about it. There's something bothering him. He hasn't been that way in a month and he's been really, really, really, for the whole year he's been pretty good.
Referencing scheduled medical testing, Dawson says that he doesn't know why he's off-kilter, via MLive.com:
I don't know, I've just been feeling out of it. Hopefully when I go get some tests at the lab, it's not really nothing serious. I'm just kind of feeling dizzy a little bit. I think I got to just keep taking care of my body.