Huntington's Dawson's jersey to Hall of Fame


HUNTINGTON – Nancy Lieberman, Cheryl Miller, Ann Myers-Drysdale, Rebecca Lobo, Sue Wicks, Jordyn Dawson.

Jordyn Dawson? Among all those Women’s Basketball Hall of Famers?

Absolutely. Dawson’s jersey she wore last season at Huntington High School will be displayed in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ring of Honor in Knoxville, Tenn., this summer, recognizing her as one of the premier female basketball players in the nation.

Dawson asked, incredulously, when informed that her green and gold No. 25 will hang in the same building as some of the sport’s all-time greats.

Dawson readily admits she couldn’t have performed as well as she did last season without the help of her teammates and coaches.

The state Player of the Year helped the Highlanders to a 24-1 record and a berth in the Class AAA state tournament finals. The 5-foot-10 junior forward averaged 20.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 7.3 steals per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor. She scored her 1,000th career point last season and was The Herald-Dispatch 2016 All Tri-State Girls High School Player of the Year.

The Ring of Honor features more than 100 jerseys from high school and college standouts throughout the nation.

“Jordyn Dawson definitely is a part of an elite group,” said Josh Sullivan, the Hall of Fame’s director of basketball operations and technology. “The Ring of Honor is one of our favorite displays and it has become one of most-popular exhibits.”

Dawson is the second Huntington High player to receive such an honor. Whitney Bays, who just completed her senior season at Purdue, had her jersey displayed in the Hall of Fame in 2009 after being named as the state’s top player.

“That’s great for her and the school,” Highlanders coach Lonnie Lucas said of Dawson. “Jordyn had a great year, a tremendous year. Actually, she’s had two tremendous years.”

Lucas said Dawson reacted to the honor the same was she has all the others bestowed upon her.

“She just smiled and didn’t say much,” Lucas said. “She’s still Jordyn.”