Nov. 10, 2010
Albuquerque, N.M. --- New Mexico Lobo head men's basketball coach Steve Alford has announced that Dominique Dunning, a 6-4, 185 pound senior at Centennial High School in Corona, California has signed a national letter of intent. Dunning is the first signee for the 2011-12 season, and the only expected signing for the fall period.
The 6-4 senior has earned a slew of honors in his high school career, including being named First Team All-California for juniors by ESPN's Rise, and he was an all-state pick by MaxPreps, as well as an All-CIF pick as well. He also earned a slot on the 2009 MaxPreps Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in the four-game tournament.
"We are very excited about Dominique joining our team," said Alford. "He has been committed for over a year and a half, and he adds to our backcourt with athleticism, and he's a very strong guard."
Dunning happens to be a left-handed shooter, a fact not lost on Alford. "He's a very strong guard, and we have had a lot of success with lefties, so hopefully he will fall in that same line. We like his versatility in that he can play all three guard positions, and defend all three guard positions, so he really is going to add to our backcourt."
Dunning has led Centennial to a pair of stellar seasons as a sophomore and as a junior. The 6-4 wing scored 544 points last season in leading Centennial to a 25-5 overall record, and a 13-1 league mark. He averaged 18.1 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game. He scored in double-figures in 29 of 30 games (getting nine in the one game he didn't hit double-figures), and he racked up three double-doubles.
He was at his best late in the season, averaging 25.0 points over his final three games. Included in that stretch was a near quadruple-double against Cabrillo, where he scored 26 points and added nine assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals. The smooth shooter hit .529 from the field as a junior, and .378 from the three (30-of-79).
As a junior, Dunning scored 473 points in 28 games, averaging 16.9 per contest. To that he added 9.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists as the Huskies went 24-4 overall and 12-2 in league play. Dunning shot .469 from the field as a sophomore, and recorded nine double-doubles. In each of the final two games of the season, he grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds in each contest.
Dunning also spent the summer with one of the premier AAU squads in the Compton Magic, a program headed by Etop Udo-Ema. The Magic was very successful, including winning the prestigious 2010 Pangos Sweet 16 Tournament in Long Beach, Calif.
According to ESPN.com's Joel Francisco, Dunning is at the top of the list of West Coast recruits for the 2011-12 season. "He's a left-handed wing-type that is one of the few players in the country who plays with a sense of urgency on every possession. His high motor allows him to slash to the rim in transition or hit the pull-up jump shot." Francisco added, "He's one of the better rebounders for his size and he has the ability to deliver the appropriate pass in transition. He is the quintessential glue-type that can help you win ball games by playing hard at both ends and with purpose in mind."
Dunning's former high school teammate Chris Perez is a freshman on the men's basketball team this season.