The newly appointed Alaska coaching staff has decided to bring in Michigan State alumnus Branden Dawson instead of last season’s Governors’ Cup Best Import Mike Harris who was earlier reported to be on his way back for a 2nd tour of duty with the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned squad.
In a video posted on his Facebook account, the 36-year old Harris said that he won’t be making a comeback since the team’s coaching staff decided go on another direction.
“Unfortunately, the new coaching staff has decided to go another way and they’re not gonna bring me back this year,” said Harris. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to continue with my guys and the chance to pursue that 15th championship.”
This development came after Alex Compton resigned as the Aces’ head coach last week and Uytengsu immediately announced the appointment of lead assistant Jeff Cariaso as his replacement.
The 26-year old Dawson played college ball for the Michigan State Spartans from 2011 to 2015 and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2012 and to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in 2015. He was drafted 56th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans but was instantly dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers for cash considerations.
The 6-foot-6 American signed a two-year deal with the Clippers but was waived after a year. He moved on to the NBA G-League where he suited up for the Bakersfield Jam, Grand Rapids Drive and Erie BayHawks.
Dawson also had stints in the Israeli Premier League and most recently for Sun Rockers Shibuya in Japan’s B.League.