Men's Basketball To Add Loverude

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Men's Basketball To Add Loverude

(Wednesday, April 7; Sioux Center, Iowa) Ben Loverude, a senior at Des Moines Christian High School (Iowa), has announced his intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender basketball program.

“We are very excited to have Ben join our program.  He is a versatile player and can play almost any position on the floor.  He is an excellent defender and scores in many different ways.  He will thrive in an up-tempo style of play.  We look forward to his growth in his faith, as a player, and as a leader,” said Dordt basketball coach Brian Van Haaften.

Loverude is a 6-7 guard who averaged 13.4 points per game with 2.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in helping Des Moines Christian to a state tournament berth in 2021. He earned first-team all-conference and all-substate honors and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.  Loverude averaged 11.4 points per game as a junior and had 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while earning second-team all-conference honors with all-substate accolades as well as the FACE Award (Faith, Athleticism, Coachability, Effort).

“I chose Dordt University because of the culture the coaches have established in the basketball program. The coaches have gone out of their way to have a relationship with me on and off the court.  Dordt also allowed me to have the opportunity to grow in my faith, surrounded by friends, teammates and mentors who will hold me accountable,” said Loverude.

Ben is the son of Mark and Heidi Loverude of Urbandale, Iowa. He plans to study Health and Human Performance and Business at Dordt.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.