Posted on 11 April 2012.
Butler men’s basketball commit Kellen Dunham finished third in the voting for the Indianapolis Star’s Mr. Basketball award.
Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern High School won the award, while Park Tudor High School’s Yogi Ferrell finished runner-up in the voting. The results were released last Sunday.
Dunham was also announced as a member of the 2012 Indiana All-Stars team last Monday. Only 13 senior players are chosen for the team each year.
The 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard recently completed his final season at Pendleton Heights High School and led the state in scoring average with 29.5 points per game.
Dunham is ranked 78th on this year’s ESPNU 100, a list of the top-ranked high school basketball players in the nation.
On Monday, Dunham also announced via Twitter that he would be wearing No. 24 at Butler next season.
The last two Bulldogs to wear those digits were forward Brian Ligon, a 2007 graduate, and forward Avery Jukes, a 2010 graduate.
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Posted on 28 November 2011.
by Lexi Tanton
Chrishawn Hopkins, sophomore guard for Butler basketball team has been able to come through for the team in crucial moments. In this way, he’s not unlike former player Avery Jukes, who was also able to help the team in some important moments.
Both of these players have come off the bench willing to play against some of the team’s most challenging competitors like Duke and Florida. Jukes was one of the players that played with a full heart in the 2010 National Championship game against Duke. Jukes played 18 minutes in that game and scored two three-pointers. He scored a total of 10 points and four rebounds. Even though the Bulldogs did not walk away as champions, they still made Butler proud.
Like Jukes, Hopkins came off the bench in a post-season game. It was the 5th round of the NCAA tournament against the Florida Gators. He wasn’t in for long, but Hopkins scored three essential points for the Bulldogs—three points that separated the final score and gave the bulldogs the victory. Hopkins and Jukes both have experienced pressure during game time. However, that doesn’t seem to have much of an impact of their game.
Despite the fact that Jukes graduated along with other players that have contributed to the Bulldogs’ success, with young players like Hopkins now playing for the bulldogs, Butler’s future looks promising, no matter what some people may think. The bulldogs have proven their talent time and time again; Hopkins, along with the rest of the team, will surely keep the newborn legacy alive. With the leadership of head coach Brad Stevens, we should expect great things in the future.
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