Hens Add Wing Player

The Delaware Blue Hens snagged a quality prospect from a neighboring state this week.

The University of Delaware reached into Pennsylvania for its latest recruit. Pennsylvania, by the way, is an area the Blue Hens are very familiar with since their first-year head coach Monte Ross is a veteran of the staff at St. Joe's.

Alphonso Dawson, a 6-foot-4 versatile wing player, picked the Blue Hens after looking at a host of programs including Temple, Richmond, Drexel and Penn State. Delaware was his lone official visit.

"It was Coach Monte Ross," Dawson said of his reason for picking the Hens. "He seemed like he's a winner. He's from St. Joe's and that made me feel comfortable. I think I have a good future with him and the rest of the program."

Last season, Dawson averaged 17 points a game. "We're just very excited for Alphonso and we're excited that he'll be able to play basketball in college and earn a degree from a very reputable college," Harrisburg High coach Kirk Smallwood said.

As for how the Hens plan to deploy Dawson in the CAA, the wing indicated they'd play to his versatility. "They plan on having me probably play the 3 and the 2 at first. They want to sort of develop me like they did Delonte West so I'm more of a 1 and a 2 later on down the line."

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