TENNERTON – The name Lilly is synonymous with basketball at Glenville State College.
Jesse Lilly Jr. was a legendary basketball player and head coach of the Pioneers that led Glenville State to 272 wins.
In 2001 he was inducted into the Glenville State College Hall of Fame and the following year the Pioneer gymnasium was named after him.
Bill Lilly was also a successful basketball player for Glenville State in the early 80s and is now the NCAA Compliance Coordinator at the college after a brief run as the Pioneer’s assistant basketball coach.
Now it’s time for another Lilly to leave his mark at Glenville State as Buckhannon-Upshur guard Dawson Lilly signed to continue his grandfather and father’s legacy at the college after signing a letter of intent to play basketball as a Pioneer.
“Basketball is my first love so it’s nice to be able to play here at the next level,” remarked Lilly.
Lilly said that he is very proud that he can carry on the family legacy at Glenville State.
“It is really cool to carry on that family tie,” he stated. “Just being able to go to the same school where my grandfather coached and my father played is incredible.”
Despite being a legacy it was his play on the court that got him noticed by the Glenville State coaching staff.
“They knew about me playing this past year and they said they were going to come to some games,” Lilly noted. “After that I did some off-season workouts with them I decided that Glenville State would be the best place for me.”
Lilly stated he could possibly play the point or the shooting guard role while at Glenville State.
Lilly had a spectacular senior season at Buckhannon-Upshur leading the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game despite missing the first five games of the season with a leg injury.
He also led the team in free-throw shooting at 73.6 percent, assists with 3.1 per game and steals with 1.3 per game. He contributed 3.3 rebounds per game.
He had a career-high 39 points against Spring Mills on Feb. 16.
He was named to the Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention Team and selected to play in the Shenandoah (Va.) Valley All-Star Game.
“Just to say that I am coming out of Buckhannon-Upshur to play a collegiate sport is something that I am very proud of,” stated,” Lilly.
“I think Glenville State is a perfect fit for Dawson,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Travis Foster. “He has been one of my hardest workers since I took the job at B-U two years ago. He is a great student and a great kid and I am very proud of him for pursing his goal of playing college basketball and not giving up on it. If he takes his mindset and work ethic with him I would say you will see him on the floor within a few years and that’s a big deal at Glenville State. I have no doubt that Dawson will continue the proud Lilly tradition as a Pioneer. I wish him the best of luck moving forward and I can’t wait to see him on the floor when he is ready.”
Lilly will pursue a double major at Glenville State in sports management and accounting.