Christian Adams and Tim Dawson have both decided to leave their respective schools in the Southern Connecticut Conference and enroll at Hamden Hall this fall.
Adams, a 6-foot-4 swingman, departs Hillhouse and joins Byron Breland III, who officially left Hillhouse last month to play for the Hornets and reclassify as a junior. Adams started the last two seasons for the Division I state champion Academics.
“I felt I needed an extra year to refine my skills before attending college. Unfortunately, the CIAC doesn’t allow me to reclassify,” said Adams, who will repeat his junior year. “The thought of not putting on that Hillhouse jersey ever again and not playing with my brothers for my senior year at Hillhouse made me sick to my stomach. I would like to thank Coach (Renard) Sutton and (assistant), Coach (Tyrese) Sullivan and the rest of the coaching staff for helping my growth as a player and a young man.”
Adams was a Register All-State selection last season.
Dawson, a 5-11 guard, was a key starters for Notre Dame-West Haven, which won its first 22 games and spent some time last season as the No. 1 team in the Register/GameTimeCT poll. The Green Knights had their best regular season in school history.
Dawson said he looked at other prep schools before deciding on Hamden Hall and like Adams, will also reclassify with the Hornets’ program.
“I’m thankful for all that the Notre Dame family has done for me and I’m definitely excited to take on this new challenge,” Dawson said.
Adams, Dawson and Breland have dramatically improved a Hamden Hall program under first-year head coach Sean Doherty, who did not return a message seeking comment. Doherty took over for David Beckerman, who in two seasons led the Hornets to a pair of appearances in the Fairchester League Tournament semifinals.