Branden Dawson was a member of the Spartans men's basketball team from 2011-2015. He is MSU’s career blocks leader with 142, fifth in career starts, sixth in career steals and seventh in career rebounds.

Former MSU basketball star Branden Dawson reflects on career

From 2011 to 2015, Branden Dawson was one of the key players for the Michigan State University men’s basketball team. A native of Gary, Indiana, Dawson came from little, but he was blessed with the ability to play basketball. He is MSU’s career blocks leader with 142, fifth in career starts, sixth in career steals and seventh in career rebounds. Dawson is also one of just three players in MSU history with 1,000 career points and 100 career blocks, joining Draymond Green and Adreian Payne. Dawson took some time to answer questions about his basketball journey, his motivation and his future goals.

Duke beats Michigan State in the Champions Classic

CHICAGO, Illinois – The No.1 ranked Duke Blue Devils defeated the No.2 Michigan State Spartans in the Champions Classic 88-81 on Tuesday night. Duke’s senior guard Grayson Allen led all scorers with 37 points and showed the nation he is not afraid of shining on the big stage. Spartans’ sophomore forward Miles Bridges, a preseason National Player of the year frontrunner, had 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Bridges scored 16 points in the second half. The Spartans were outrebounded 46-34 and gave up 25 offensive rebounds.

Focal Point Spring 2016 [Show 5]

We uncover the story behind the body found on campus, President Simon has made some big decisions regarding MSU’s sustainability, plus a price hike for room and board. Focal Point uncovers how students will be affected.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 5]

An 8-year-old girl who touched the lives of people around the world is remembered by hundreds on MSU’s campus. The anniversary of the Boston bombings has marathoners preparing to head back to the starting line. And, drastic weather this winter is making for a harsh allergy season in Mid-Michigan. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 4]

Gay couples recently married in Michigan can now receive federal benefits, but are still not recognized by the state government. Changes to the CATA bus system could make an easier commute for many residents from East Lansing to Okemos. And, gluten-free diets are becoming increasingly popular, even for those without celiac disease.  

Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 2]


A new bill proposed may give unpaid interns in Michigan the same protections as other paid employees. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon gave her annual State of the University address, giving some students reason to speak out against the administration. And, a suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of MSU student Dominique Nolff. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 1]

President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Agriculture Act of 2014. A shooting just of of MSU’s campus has some worried for their safety. And, many people are getting last minute flu shots due to the recent outbreak going around Mid-Michigan. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Focal Point Fall 2013 [Special Sports Edition]


Michigan State Football took back the Paul Bunyan Trophy after a sizable win over the University of Michigan. MSU Men’s and Women’s basketball teams are off to a great start, winning every game at home so far. And, MSU students react to the new Detroit Tiger’s manager. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Spartan Basketball Back In Action

Thousands of Spartan Fans from across the country got a chance to interact with players and coaches at the annual Midnight Madness event at the Breslin Center on Oct. 18. Coaches Suzy Merchant and Tom Izzo certainly exceeded expectations with their lavish entrances, wowing the crowd, some of who traveled more than nine hours to attend the pre-season event. “It’s always a good feeling to be able to sign some autographs for our fans, man. They pay they hard earned money to come see us play, so this is our opportunity to give it back to them a little bit,” Senior Point Guard Keith Appling said.