Kellen Dunham Emerges As Butler Bulldogs' Top Player

By Eric Smith
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

What a week it was for Butler Bulldogs sharpshooter Kellen Dunham. The 6-foot-6 sophomore shooting guard led the Bulldogs to two victories last week: over Manchester on Monday night in Hinkle Fieldhouse, and over the in-state rival Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday evening in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Dunham scored 15 points in 19 minutes in Butler’s 101-41 rout on Monday night. He backed that up on Saturday, scoring 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 7-of-10 from the line. Both of those performances led him to become the first Butler player to win Big East Player of the Week accolades. The kid has became the leader of this team and is arguably the best player on the court in most games they play.

He’s so good at creating his own shot no matter who’s guarding him. He’s got a first quick step and can create separation on any defender. He’s also got a quick trigger, so he’s not afraid to shoot. What’s scary for the opposition is that he’s a dangerous shooter. He shoots a lot and makes majority of his shots.

He’s shooting 43.8 percent from the field this year and 47.6 percent from behind the arc. He’s improved dramatically from last year, when he shot 37.5 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from 3-point land.

His scoring has also gone up as he’s now averaging 19.3 per game through 10 contests this year compared to 9.5 last season. If he can continue improving his shot and leadership ability, then Butler is a legitimate Final Four contender this year.

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