BY JEFF FALK
He is recognized as the second tallest boys’ basketball player in Lebanon County history and perhaps the first college recruit New Covenant Christian Academy has ever produced. But what Lebanon Valley College is hoping that Nate Dawson is is a huge shot in the arm.
Dawson, 6-8 senior center for the Flames, recently tweeted on his Twitter page that he is heading to Lebanon Valley College to continue his athletic and academic pursuits. While there has been no official confirmation from LVC. Flying Dutchmen head coach Brad McAlester was spotted at a number of New Covenant games this winter.
Dawson poured in average of 25.4 points per contest for New Covenant this season, after piling up a 26.5 average as a junior. Dawson is believed to be the second tallest scholastic basketball player in Lebanon County history, next to 7-1 Sam Bowie, who attended Kentucky in the early 1980s.
But Dawson doesn’t matriculate without some concerns. Dawson will need to improve his footwork to compete on the NCAA Division Three level and there is some questions as to how lower Class A scholastic basketball will relate to competitive small-college hoops.
The Flying Dutchmen will graduate five seniors from a 2012-13 club which went 9-16. One of the players Lebanon Valley College will be graduating is 6-6 senior forward Danny Brooks, who averaged 20 points per game and was recently named a Division Three academic all-american.