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#1 Nathaniel Lester
Position: Forward
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
High School: Canarsie
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Team Captain 

At Hofstra:
2011-12: Played and started all 32 games...Named the CAA Player of the Week on Nov. 14...Averaged 14.6 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds...Scored in double figures in 28 games...Led team with 209 total rebounds, including 92 offensive rebounds (37 more than the next closest player)...Became the 30th player in school history to score 1,000 points for the program during a 19-point effort versus Towson on Feb. 1...Shot 77 percent from the free-throw line, marking the second-highest average on the team behind Mike Moore's 81.7 percent...Finished the campaign 23rd on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,139 career points...Notched four double-doubles on the season and finished with eight in his career...Finished the season by scoring in double figures in the last nine games...Scored a career-high 33 points in the season opener on Nov. 11 against a LIU squad that qualified for the NCAA Tournament the previous season...Scored 22 points and hauled in seven rebounds at Rhode Island on Nov. 25...Shot 7-of-13 with 21 points and 10 rebounds versus Iona on Dec. 29...Had 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Georgia State on Feb. 4...Capped college career with an 11-point effort against Georgia State in a CAA Tournament first-round matchup on March 2...Averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in CAA play. 

2010-11: Missed the entire season due to injury.

2009-10: Played in all 34 games, including 22 starts…Averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds…Averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in conference games…Scored a season-high 21 points against Farmingdale State on Nov. 20…Also had 19 points in a win over Yale at the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 16…Pulled down a career-high tying 11 rebounds against Connecticut on the second day of the NIT on Nov. 17…Scored 18 points in a narrow 84-80 home win over Fairfield on Nov. 30…Tallied 17 points and seven rebounds in a road win over Florida Atlantic, while adding a key steal in the final minute as Hofstra was clinging to a one-point lead…Had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a home game against William & Mary on Jan. 2….Tallied 14 points, including 8-8 shooting at the foul line in an overtime win over Rider as part of ESPN Bracket Buster Weekend on Feb. 20.

2008-09: Played in all 32 games, including 14 starts…Averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds…Averaged 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in conference games…Scored in double figures eight times in the final 13 games of the year…Had a career high 22 points and matched his career high with 11 rebounds in a home win over James Madison…Had 21 points, including 19 in the second half, of a home win over Towson…Tallied 18 points in a road win over UNC Wilmington…Had 10 points in only seven minutes played in an opening round win over UNC Wilmington in the CAA Tournament…Had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a home win over Old Dominion…Tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in a road win over Delaware. 

2007-08: Played in all 30 games, including seven starts…Averaged 6.3 points and 2.5 rebounds…Averaged 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in conference games…Hit numerous clutch shots for the Pride during his freshman season, including a tying three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left in an overtime loss to UNC Wilmington, when he finished with 17 points…Gave Hofstra the lead for good with a three-pointer with just over 2:00 to play in the Pride’s home win over Charlotte…Hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left to cut Hofstra’s deficit to three in a road loss at Delaware…Had four points in the second overtime of a home loss to George Mason…Had seven points in the final 1:40 of a home game against Stony Brook, while scoring a season high 20 points….Had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Marist at the Aeropostale Holiday Festival…Had 13 points and eight rebounds in a starting assignment against Longwood.

High School/Personal: Capped off his stellar high school career by helping Canarsie to the New York Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Semifinals as a senior, including a 30-point performance in Canarsie's semifinal loss to Lincoln... Averaged 29 points per game overall, as well as 10 rebounds a game in PSAL contests...Considered by some recruiting analysts to be the top senior in New York City in 2006-07... Averaged 24.5 points per game at Canarsie as a junior during the 2005-06 season, while leading the team to the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) semifinals...A New York Post All-PSAL selection as a senior...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...Has one older sister...Also recruited by Rutgers, Massachusetts and St. John's...Started playing basketball at age 14...Born April 28, 1988...Graduated with a degree in liberal arts and is now pursuing his master's in linguistics.

Nathaniel Lester’s Career Statistics

Year     G/GS    FGM-FGA     PCT    FTM-FTA     PCT    Reb.   Avg.    PF     A      TO     BS   S       TP       AVG

07-08  30/7   64-187    .342    40-58    .690    74   2.5     58  14    53   7  14    189     6.3

08-09  32/14  72-187   .385    52-79    .658   137   4.3     62  35   44  11  17    211     6.6

09-10 34/22   88-211    .417    87-113   .770   163  4.8    82  27   57   18  31   273     8.0
11-12 32/32   153-385   .397   141-183 .770   209  6.5    81  32   56   15  43   466     14.6

Totals   128/75 377-970 .388  320-433  739   583  4.5   283 108 210   51 105  1139    8.9


3-point FG: 07-08: 21-85 (.247), 08-09: 15-54 (.278), 09-10: 10-43 (.233), 11-12: 19-73 (.260) Totals: 65-255 (.254)




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