24 - Kellen Dunham - SG, Sr. (BUTLER Bulldosgs)
Hometown: Pendleton, Ind.
High School: Pendleton Heights
Kellen Dunham (born June 18, 1993) is an American college basketball player for the Butler Bulldogs. He has is playing his senior season on the 2015–16 team. At Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, Dunham led the state of Indiana in scoring as a senior with 29.5 points per game and was named Herald-Bulletin Player of the Year. Dunham committed to Butler on July 7, 2010 and was highly regarded by recruiting services. As a freshman, he was an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection. He scored 16.4 points per game as a sophomore and was named to the Second-team All-Big East. He was a First-team All-Big East selection as a junior.
Dunham was born on June 18, 1993, the son of Christy and Jim Dunham. He has three younger brothers: Kenton, Cole, and Jamison. Both his parents are basketball fans and raised their sons in a Christian household. Young Kellen learned to shoot on a "Little Tikes" hoop in the Dunham living room. He improved his game through constant practice in elementary school and middle school, to the consternation of some of his friends. When he was in eight grade, he worked on his jump shot with shooting coach Mark Baker, where Dunham learned how to shoot over his head.
Dunham attended Pendleton Heights High School, where he measured 5'10 as a freshman. Pendleton Heights head coach Brian Hahn described him as "gangly, skinny, and slow." In practices, he would shoot for 45 minutes after his teammates were finished. He shot up to 6'4 as a sophomore and averaged 17.0 points per game. He improved those numbers to 23.5 points per game as a junior, leading Pendleton Heights to a 20–6 record. As a junior, he scored 41 points against Fort Wayne Northrop.
In his senior season, Dunham averaged 29.5 points per game and shot 92.1% from the free throw line, leading the state of Indiana in both categories. He scored 45 points against Alexandria. Dunham was named Madison County Player of the Year as a senior after leading Pendleton Heights to a 23–3 record. His season came to an end after a 46–43 overtime loss against Terre Haute North in the Class 4A Regional at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Dunham was twice named All-State. He was named Herald-Bulletin Player of the Year as a senior and was a candidate for Indiana Mr. Basketball. He holds the record for the all-time leading scorer at Pendleton Heights with 1,899 points and led the Arabians to back-to-back sectional titles.
He signed a letter of intent with Butler on July 7, 2010. Rivals.com ranked him the 21st best shooting guard and 93rd best overall player. ESPN included Butler's 2012 recruiting class among its top recruiting classes from teams in non-BCS conference s, noting Dunham was listed as an ESPN Top 100 recruit and is "a sniper to run off screens and create movement in the halfcourt sets for the next four years." In ESPN's scouting report, Dunham was listed as the 78th best overall player, due in large part to the fact that what he "does really well is shoot the basketball. How he goes about his business is akin to a master craftsman applying his trade. Dunham is in constant motion, working to get himself in position to score and he's typically shot-ready." Rivals listed him as the best shooter among all recruits of non-BCS teams. Then Butler head coach Brad Stevens said, "the thing he brings is an incredible ability to put the ball through the net."
Coming into his freshman year, Dunham was named to the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team. Dunham began practicing basketball drills late at night thanks to senior Rotnei Clarke, and the two became fast friends. In his first college basketball game, a win against Elon, Dunham came off the bench to score 18 points. He was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on November 12, 2012. During the Maui Invitational Tournament in 2012, Dunham had one his best games as a freshman as Butler routed the then #9 team in the country, North Carolina, shooting 56% (5 of 9) from 3-point range and scoring 17 points. Dunham earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors on December 10. On December 31, he again was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. In a game against #8 Gonzaga on January 19, 2013 that was featured on ESPN's College GameDay, he was the second leading scorer, shooting 4 of 8 from deep, behind 20 points and a buzzer-beating floater from Roosevelt Jones. Dunham earned his fourth Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors on January 28. Butler went 27–9 on the season and reached the NCAA Tournament as a six seed. He finished the season averaging 9.5 points per game, fifth best on the team. Following the season, Dunham was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.
"Most guys are relaxed, but I look up and I see Kellen, and he's ... going 110 miles an hour," said first year head coach Brandon Miller during an August overseas basketball tour. "Sprinting up and down the court. Shooting pull-ups. Going as hard and as fast as he possible can. He goes at a pace, whether its shootaround in Australia, 17 minutes into practice or two hours into practice, that never changes."
Dunham scored a career-high 32 points against Washington State in the Old Spice Classic, a tournament record. As a result, Dunham was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team. Through the first nine games, Dunham averaged 18.7 points per game and shot 46 percent from 3-point range. He was named Big East Player of the Week on December 16 after contributing 25 points to lead Butler past the Purdue Boilermakers, 76–70 in the Crossroads Classic. Dunham had 30 points in a 99–94 double overtime loss to DePaul on January 9 and tied his career-best with six three-pointers, all of which came in the second half.
At the conclusion of the season, Dunham was named to the All-Big East Second Team. Despite his improvements, Butler had a lackluster season, finishing with a 14–17 overall record and bowing out to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament. Dunham finished the season seventh in the Big East in scoring with a 16.4 points per game average to go along with 4 rebounds per game. Dunham shot 39 percent from the field and 35.5 from 3-point range. He hit a 3-pointer in 29 of the team's 31 games. After the season, he teamed up with several college players to participate in Athletes in Action's summer trip to the Philippines. Athletes in Action is a Christian group that helps athletes use sports for spiritual growth.
Coming into his junior year, Dunham was named to the Preseason All-Big East First Team. Dunham stopped drinking Mountain Dew prior to the season to improve his conditioning. Coach Brandon Miller took a medical leave of absence before the season and did not return; he was replaced by Chris Holtmann. Dunham was on the Battle 4 Atlantis All-tournament Team. Dunham scored a season-high 28 points on January 3, 2015 in a 73–69 win over St. John's. Dunham received Big East Player of the Week honors for the week of February 9, after scoring 21 points and pulling down seven rebounds in an 85–62 victory versus St. John's and recording 24 points in an 83–73 win over DePaul.
Dunham averaged 16.5 points per game, third best in the Big East, to go along with 2.6 rebounds per game. He led Butler to a 23–11 record and six seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament, Dunham scored 20 points, including an important 3-pointer with 1:18 remaining, to propel Butler to a 56–48 victory over the Texas Longhorns. The Bulldogs fell to Notre Dame in the Round of 32, 67–64. At the conclusion of the season, Dunham was selected to the All-Big East First Team. Dunham was a 2014–15 Men's All-District V Team selection by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He was named to the Second Team All-District V by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
*First Team All-BIG EAST in 2014-15
*Named to the 2014-15 USBWA All-District V Team.
*Picked BIG EAST Player of the Week on Feb. 9, 2015.
*Chosen to the All-Tournament Team at the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis
*Named second team on the 2013-14 All-BIG EAST Team.
•Named to the 2014-15 BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll five times.
•2014-15 Preseason first team All-BIG EAST
•Played with Athletes In Action on a tour of the Philippines during the summer of 2014
•Chosen second team All-BIG EAST in 2013-14.
•Named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2013 Old Spice Classic.
•Chosen BIG EAST Player of the Week after Butler’s win in the Crossroads Classic and chosen to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll following the Old Spice Classic and after Butler’s victory over North Dakota.
•Tied Butler’s single game record for three-point field goal shooting by hitting seven of seven long-range shots against Seton Hall (3/8/14).
•Finished fifth on Butler’s all-time sophomore scoring list with 508 points.
•Selected to the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team. Named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week four times in 2012-13.
•Set a Butler mark for most points by a freshman in his first game with 18 points in his debut against Elon.
•Tied Shelvin Mack (2008-09) for second place on Butler’s list for most three-point field goals by a freshman (57).
•Led the state in scoring and free throw percentage as a senior.
•All-time leading scorer at Pendleton Heights High School.
First team All-BIG EAST...named to the USBWA All-District V Team...chosen BIG EAST Player of the Week on Feb. 9 and named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll five times...picked to the Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament Team...played in all 34 games, including 33 as a starter...led the Bulldogs and ranked third in the BIG EAST in scoring...ranked third in the conference in free throw shooting and three-point field goals...finished fifth in the league in three-point field goal shooting...scored in double-figures in 30 games...led the Bulldogs with 18 points against Maine...topped all scorers with 26 points in Butler’s win over Chattanooga...led the Bulldogs with 17 points against Oklahoma...scored a team-high 16 points to lead Butler past Georgetown in the Battle 4 Atlantis third place game...shared the team scoring lead at Indiana State with 14 points...led the Bulldogs against Northwestern with 19 points...had a team-high 16 points and scored 1,000th career point at Tennessee...scored a game-high 23 points against Indiana...tallied 15 points against both UT-Martin and Belmont...led the Bulldogs with 28 points against #15/17 St. John’s...had a team-high 18 points against Providence...scored 21 points in Butler’s overtime win at Seton Hall...had 15 points against Seton Hall at home...had 17 points, including several clutch baskets down the stretch to help Butler win at Marquette in overtime...led the Bulldogs with 21 points at home against St. John’s...scored a game-high 24 points at home against DePaul...shared the team lead with 19 points against #6 Villanova...led the Bulldogs with 19 points at Creighton...scored a game-high 22 points against Marquette at home...led the Bulldogs with 24 points at DePaul...scored 15 points at Providence...had 17 points against Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament...led all players with 20 points against Texas in the NCAA Tournament.
Starter in all 31 games...led the team in scoring, three-point field goals, free throw shooting and minutes played...posted 26 points against Princeton...had 16 points in a career-high 44 minutes against Vanderbilt...set an Old Spice Classic single game record with a career-high 32 points against Washington State...led Butler with 20 points against LSU...posted the second-highest scoring total of his career with 29 points and added a career-high four assists against North Dakota...led all scorers with 25 points in Butler’s Crossroads Classic win over Purdue...had a team-high 22 points against Villanova...scored 30 points and matched or broke career-highs for field goals (9), field goal attempts (25), three-point field goals (6), three-point attempts (14), blocked shots (2) and minutes played (47) against DePaul...led the Bulldogs with 21 points against Georgetown...shared the team scoring lead with 18 points against Marquette...led the Bulldogs with 17 points and six rebounds at Providence...led the Bulldogs with 16 points and seven rebounds at Marquette...had 15 points and a team-high six rebounds at Georgetown...led the Bulldogs with 16 points against Creighton at home...had a team-high 25 points at home against Providence...led the Bulldogs with 12 points and seven rebounds at Villanova...topped the Bulldogs with a career-high nine rebounds at DePaul...hit a school-record seven of seven three-point field goals and scored 29 points to lead Butler past Seton Hall at home.
Played in all 36 Butler games, including 13 as a starter...finished second on the team in three-point field goals...fifth on the squad in scoring...came off the bench with 18 points in his first collegiate regular season game against Elon...led the Bulldogs with 11 points in a reserve role at Xavier...had four points, four rebounds, and two assists in first collegiate start against Marquette at the Maui Invitational...shared the team scoring lead with 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in Butler’s victory over #9 North Carolina in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational...had 12 points and three assists against Hanover...came off the bench and shared the team lead in scoring with 17 points against IUPUI...scored 11 points, pulled down five rebounds and one steal and recorded his first collegiate block at Northwestern...had eight points in Butler’s victory over top-ranked Indiana...scored 13 points and added five rebounds in Butler’s victory over Evansville...came off the bench with 12 points at Vanderbilt...had 10 points in a reserve role against Penn...scored a game-high 15 points to help lead the Bulldogs past New Orleans...had 11 points as a starter against Richmond...hit four three-point field goals and scored 14 points against #8 Gonzaga...scored 15 points and matched his career-high with three assists in a career-high 37 minutes at La Salle...came off the bench and hit five of six three-point field goals while scoring 17 points against Temple...grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at Saint Louis...hit two clutch free throws in the final minute and finished with 10 points at George Washington...scored 12 points against Charlotte...came off the bench with 11 points in 16 minutes against Duquesne...had nine points and five rebounds against Dayton in the A-10 Tournament.
Four-year varsity starter at Pendleton Heights High School…two-time team Most Valuable Player…three-time All-Conference and All-County Performer…two-time All-State…Madison County Player of the Year…2012 Indiana All-Star…team captain as a senior…led the state of Indiana in scoring and free throw shooting in 2011-12…fourth in the state in total points as a junior…averaged 29.5 points in final prep season and shot 92.1% from the free throw line…set school records for single game and career scoring…averaged 23.5 points as a junior and 17.0 points as a sophomore…posted a high-game of 45 points against Alexandria as a senior…scored 41 points against Fort Wayne Northrop as a junior…had a high-game of 10 rebounds against both Anderson and Alexandria as a senior…recorded nine assists against Alexandria as a senior…helped Pendleton Heights to a 23-3 record (7-0 conference mark) in 2011-12…led high school team to a 20-6 mark in 2010-11…played on teams that won two conference championships, three county titles and two sectional crowns…earned four varsity letters in basketball…honor student and YMAD (You Make A Difference) Award winner…
High School Coach: Brian Hahn.