Zack Dawson is an elite student-athlete currently attending South Miami Senior in Miami, Florida. Currently averaging 13 ppg on 42 FG%, 3.2 rpg, 4.1 apg/1.4 tpg, and 1.4 spg for Nike South Beach on the EYBL circuit, the 6’3 point guard is wowing spectators and coaches with his feel out of pick and roll, athleticism, and care of the ball. Ranked #66 for the class of 2017 per 247Sports, Dawson is sure to continue his rise up the ranking this summer as he leads his Nike South Beach team to Peach Jam.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: You’re running with Nike South Beach on the EYBL circuit, can you tell us how things are going for the team and you individually?
ZD: Things are going pretty good for me and my team. We’re in very good shape for Peach Jam. I know that the more comfortable I get with the team, I will become a more valuable player to the team. I love being on the EYBL circuit playing with the top guys because it prepares me for that top level which is where I really want to be.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar and what parts of your game do you emphasize in improving?
ZD: I love to use the pick and roll and go iso at times. I know I will make a play for my team majority of the times I get the ball. I love to play defense and rebound, I feel that it is a big part in my game. Right now, I’m working more on my pull up.
EM: Do you study or pattern your game after any college or pro players?
ZD: Yes, Steph Curry, Damion Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Rusell Westbrook & Allen Iverson.
EM: What motivates you on the hardwood?
ZD: What drives me most is everyone having doubt in me. People still say I can’t do it and I won’t make it, but I know I have the ability to make it. My dad motivates me and believes in me. When I’d hear I couldn’t do it, it just made me grind even harder. I love to workout and I workout at least three times a day and when I workout, my dad is the only person in the gym with me besides my coach. I love my dad and he’s going to be the one to help me prove everyone wrong.
Getting first look at 2017 combo guard Zack Dawson of South Miami. Smooth looking scorer. Nice looking prospect.
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) February 26, 2016
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) April 24, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
ZD: My favorite subject is math.
EM: If any idea, what do you plan to major in when attending college?
ZD: I’d like to major in business or law.
EM: What music/songs do you listen to before a game?
ZD: I listen to a lot of different songs. Some of the artist are Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, Drake, Lil Wayne & Kodak Black.
EM: Favorite NBA team and player?
ZD: Miami Heat & Steph Curry.
2017 South Miami PG Zack Dawson has six 30+ games this season. Including 32 vs The Rock, 30 vs Winter Haven and 35 yesterday vs Bishop Kenny
— Russ Wood (@RussHoops) December 22, 2015
2017 Zack Dawson is effective with the high ball screen. Doesn't rush things. Finds guys, hits floaters #adidasuprising
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) April 16, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
ZD: I’ve been offered by Louisville, Kansas State, UCF, FIU, FGCU, Arizona, TCU, Tennesse Tech & Louisiana Tech.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
ZD:I’ve picked up interest from Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Georgia, Michigan, Miami, and UF. South Carolina, UCONN, & FSU reached out.
EM: Can you tell us a little about the Michigan interest? Is it preliminary and which if any coaches have you talked with?
ZD: The coach I talked to from Michigan was Coach Saddi Washington. They have very high interest. When I was talked about and placed on their board, everyone was very enthused.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
ZD: I’ll have a very busy June. I’m going to the Pangos All American camp then I’m going to do the team camps and after those team camps, I’ll be looking at taking some unofficials. After the live period in July, I’ll look at more officials.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
ZD: A big part of it would be in schooling. I want to major in business and law, then quite naturally what team fits my style of play, and going somewhere I’m accepted at. My game will speak for itself but I want to make sure I’ll be given an opportunity to prove myself.
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) May 14, 2016
What a game. I'm just so proud of Zack Dawson (South Miami, 2017) watched him for so many years battle thru injury, work hard & get great!
— Scott Golden (@HoopExchange) February 26, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
ZD: Continue to prove the doubters wrong, that’s what motivates me and continues to drive me. Take care of my family, and have my own business which I can hopefully make into a franchise. Overall, I just want to be successful and be a professional basketball player
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
ZD: Obey their parents, obey adults period. If anyone tries to give them anything for free, don’t take it, because if you take it then you’ll take life for granted. Push yourself to an effort you never thought you can go. The same effort you give on the court is the same effort you have to give in the classroom. Most of all, work hard on the court and in the classroom, respect everyone, and treat them how you’d want to be treated.
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