November 8, 2010

Colorado State basketball ready to ink JUCO

Colorado State's newest basketball commitment comes into Fort Collins with a nickname already in toe. Javon Dawson aka: Big Country, made a verbal commitment to the Rams on his visit Sunday night and said he is ready to reward the Rams faith that he can recover from a recent knee injury.

Dawson, who will transfer next fall from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida, tore his ACL and meniscus last month in practice. That left the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder's recruitment somewhat in limbo. Dawson said the Colorado State coaches stayed strong with him and after seeing the campus last weekend, he returned the favor.

"I was on my visit when I committed," Dawson said. "It was actually my one-on-one time with (CSU head coach Tim) Miles. We talked it up for a while and I told him I like everything, I like the way you run your system and I told him, 'Coach I am ready to commit. I feel good about it.' He went crazy, he jumped up and gave me a high five."

"After I hurt my knee, everything went berserk, but the only people who stayed with me were Colorado State," Dawson said. "They stayed loyal to me so I did the same thing."

Last season he averaged around 10 points and eight rebounds per contest for Gulf Coast while gaining some notoriety for his nickname. Dawson said when he took a recruiting visit to Gulf Coast a couple of years ago, a display in the weight room got the attention of the upperclassmen and a nickname stuck.

"I put 315 (pounds) up without stretching or anything and one of the players said I had country strength, so they kept calling me "Big Country," and it stuck," Dawson said. "Even the elderly people in Panama City were calling me Big Country around town."

Dawson will have three years of eligibility to play at Colorado State and will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. He said he has a big body and is a vocal leader on the court, as well as a hard worker.

"I am a big body. I like to move people, but I also fool them because they think I am going to come with power, but I have good footwork," Dawson said. "I like to set them up and I hit them with a jab step."

The big concern with Dawson is simply that he is able to recover from the knee injury. Dawson said Monday that his doctor expects a full recovery in time for next basketball season. He said he and his trainer are taking the rehab slowly, as to do it right.

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