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Former Pendleton Heights standout starting for Bulldogs


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INDIANAPOLIS — With headphones wrapped around his neck and a Butler jumpsuit nestled around his six-foot-6, 185-pound frame, Kellen Dunham barely resembles the incoming freshman Brian Hahn described walking into the Pendleton Heights gymnasium five summers ago.

Then, Dunham, whose family had recently moved from the Mt. Vernon school district, stood 5-10 and 120 pounds.

Now, he’s the starting shooting guard at Butler and is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11 points per game for the Bulldogs (4-2).

Through the years, while nature elevated his height and weight, Dunham nurtured his game by becoming a gym rat.

“The biggest characteristic he carries with him as a player is that he is an incredibly dedicated worker,” said Hahn, in his seventh-year at PH. “He does something to make himself a better basketball player 365 days a year.”

Growing up, Dunham couldn’t watch enough college basketball. He wasn’t necessarily a fan of Bulldog hoops, but frequented Hinkle Fieldhouse because the drive from Pendleton only lasts about 40 minutes.

Butler coach Brad Stevens didn’t promise Dunham early playing time, but did list things he could work on in order to see the court:

>>Pick up the concepts on defense. (It is Butler, after all).

>>Pay attention.

>>Bring something to the table that can help you play.

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