Dominique Dawson excelled at Southwest in both football, as one of Aryton Scott’s favorite receivers, and in basketball as a 6’9 post player but clearly his future was in basketball. Although only playing organized basketball since his sophomore year, he was a three-letter winner and a two-year starter. He was a prolific scorer who played tenacious defense. Before he was finished, he had collected every team honor including Southwest’s Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the year, All-City Team and became only the third player in Southwest basketball history (boys or girls) to be selected to the All-State team, a huge honor considering 5 to 6 thousand boys participate in basketball each season. He scored in double figures 20 of 21 games and had single game highs of 32 points and 25 rebounds.
He was recruited and signed with Tubby Smith and the Golden Gophers. After redshirting and practicing on the scout team his first year, he went on to be a key sub in the 2010-11 season. He transferred the following year to Kentucky Wesleyan, an 8 time NCAA Division II National Champion, where he prospered. At Kentucky Wesleyan he stood out in every aspect of the game. He finished in doublefigures nine times during his first year.
AS a junior, he was named to the All-Great Lakes Conference Defensive team. He was the team leader in blocked shots and second in rebounding while starting 26 of 28 games played.
The next and final season, he was named All-Midwest Athletic Conference. He again lead the team in shot blocking; second in rebounding and field goal percentage. He started 28 of 31 games played. HE was named to the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan with a degree in Exercise Science.
Dominique is engaged and living in Coon Rapids. He is working as an electrician.