Hameed Dawodu (#14) earns the final Player of the Week honors for his tenacious effort scoring and rebounding the ball. Nicknamed "Baby Draymond Green" from PO Lamont Anderson's play-by-play call on the microphone for displaying his versatile skill set on the basketball court, Dawodu scored 10 points and was dominant on the glass in a 63-54 championship win for 102nd Precinct over Transit District 33 in the PAL Cops & Kids Basketball: Queens South Division Championship Game. Dawodu, currently a junior forward/center for Richmond Hill High School in Queens, NY, averaged 9.33 points per game, 9.67 rebounds per game, and 1.00 assists per game this season following an 8.25 points per game, 12.83 rebounds per game, and 1.92 assists per game sophomore campaign on the Varsity Boys' Basketball Team. As a freshman in 2015-16, Dawodou accrued 7.44 points per game and 16.78 rebounds per game average on the Jr. Varsity Boys' Basketball Team plus won a match on the Varsity Co-ed Golf Team.
Nathaniel Lester (#8) earns Cop of the Week for his championship performance scoring 9 points. Representing the 88th Precinct, Lester is a 2012 graduate of Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and a master's degree in linguistics. As a team captain in his redshirt senior year after overcoming a season-ending quadriceps muscle injury, Lester played and started all 32 games, earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week on November 14, 2011, and averaged 14.6 points per game and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds per game in his senior campaign. Lester finished his career with the Hofstra Pride 23rd on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,139 career points and became the 30th player in school history to score 1,000 points for the program at the time of his graduation. He notched four double-doubles in his final season and finished with eight in his career. As a result of his Hofstra Athletics accomplishments, Lester was the recipient of the Nick Colleluori Unsung Hero Award in 2012.
As a 6'5" shooting guard and 2007 graduate of Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, NY, Lester help lead his high school team to the New York Public School Athletic League (PSAL) semifinals in his junior year averaging 24.5 points per game and in his senior year averaging 29 points per game plus 10 rebounds per game. Lester was also a New York Post All-PSAL selection as a senior and played for New York City in the 2008 Empire State Summer games in Binghamton, helping his squad to a second place finish while scoring a team-high 26 points in the gold medal game.
reported by - Jamal LaForce. PAL Sports Coordinator