This site contains a lot of content about Indiana basketball, and that will never change. But I grew up as much a fan of Butler basketball as I was of IU basketball, and I’ll never stop being a fan of Indiana high school basketball.
Combine those two passions, and you’ll understand why Kellen Dunham was a guest I wanted to get on my podcast. That, and we went to the same high school — Pendleton Heights — where he played on the same team as my brother, Ryan.
Dunham had only a couple of scholarships when he committed to Butler, but he would have had a long list of suitors if he hadn’t committed so quickly.
I know there are a lot of college coaches around the country that wish they would have noticed Dunham earlier. But in their defense, Dunham is an exceptionally rare recruit in the modern era.
Kids love to be courted and pampered by all the top schools, and it’s hard to blame them. Most take their time, take multiple visits, and set up an official announcement before their commitment.
Dunham got the offer from Brad Stevens on a Friday, discussed it with his family over the weekend, and committed just days later. Hard to turn down an offer from one of the brightest coaches in the game, especially after he had taken Butler to consecutive national championship games.
Dunham averaged 16.2 points per game in his 4-year Butler career, and was named as a First Team All-Big East performer as a junior.
As good of a player as Dunham is, he’s an even better person. Even if you’re not a Butler basketball fan, I think you’ll really enjoy listening to my discussion with Dunham, one of the most humble, gracious athletes I’ve ever been around.