With California receiving a verbal commitment from three-star forward Roman Davis earlier Wednesday, the immediate question was what this meant for Davon Dillard. Dillard, who verbally committed to Cuonzo Martin’s program in March, had yet to sign either a National Letter of Intent or a Grant-In-Aid form to ensure that he’d be a Golden Bear.
Late Wednesday night the situation gained clarity, as it was reported by multiple outlets (first reported by CBSSports.com) that Dillard will instead be attending Oklahoma State to play for Travis Ford.
The 6-foot-6 small forward, who attended Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, is Oklahoma State’s second addition in the freshman class and fourth addition overall. Dillard joins point guard Jawun Evans, who’s currently playing with the United States U19 team at the FIBA U19 World Championships, as freshmen in the recruiting class.
Graduate student Chris Olivier (via Eastern Illinois) and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M transfer Igor Ibaka also join Travis Ford’s program, which returns three starters from last season’s NCAA tournament team led by guard Phil Forte III. Dillard joins a program that returns some pieces at the three, but of those players (Leyton Hammonds, Tavarius Shine, Jeff Carroll and Joe Burton) none averaged more than 3.9 points per game.
With that being the case, there is the opportunity for Dillard to compete for minutes as a freshman.
A day after missing out on a prized recruit, Cuonzo Martin landed a commitment from a three-star shooting guard, as Tyson Jolly announced he had committed to Cal.
Jolly, of Putnam City West High (Oklahoma), had taken an official visit to Cal this week and now joins a recruiting class that includes three-star small forward Davon Dillard. On Friday, five-star center Caleb Swanigan announced he would make his decision that night. Many pegged him to go to Berkeley, but ended up pledging to Tom Izzo and Michigan State.
The Golden Bears are believed to be the favorite for five-star forward Ivan Rabb.
I’m the hometown kid. I know for a fact that they’ll support me and the fan support will be ridiculous. The thing they’re selling me on is, ‘don’t be a part of something, be the start of something,’” Rabb he told NBCSports.com last week. “It’s been a very long time since they’ve had a player like myself that came in and they believe can make a big impact. And I believe in myself. Coach Martin and the coaches, they won’t let me fail.”
The addition of Jolly should add depth to one of the best perimeters in the Pac-12, as Martin is expected to return Ty Wallace, Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews.
With their three best perimeter players in junior Tyrone Wallace and sophomores Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews having eligibility remaining beyond this season, and Georgetown transfer Stephen Domingo becoming eligible next season, California won’t lack for options in that area in 2015-16. Sunday afternoon head coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff added another player to the ranks, as three-star 2015 small forward Davon Dillard announced that he’s committed to the Pac-12 program.
Dillard, who currently attends Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, is the first commitment in the Class of 2015 for Cal. On a visit to Cal this weekend, Dillard announced the news via his Twitter account.
“I’m officially a Cal Bear,” Dillard tweeted.
In early February Dillard cut his list to five schools, with Creighton, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Purdue joining the Golden Bears as the schools still in contention for his services. In Dillard, Cal adds a very athletic wing who can finish above the rim. He’s the second small forward to commit to the program during Martin’s brief tenure as head coach, with four-star 2016 prospect Oscar Frayer being the first.
The hope in Berkeley is that Dillard will have some company in the 2015 class, as five-star big men Ivan Rabb and Caleb Swanigan were also on visits this weekend. And with David Kravish graduating, landing a big man in the class is a boost Cal can definitely use.
Davon Dillard had a very solid July live evaluation period with the Mac Irvin Fire. That has given the 6-foot-5 wing from Indiana some options as Rivals lists him as the No. 123 player in the 2015 class.
Dillard told NBCSports.com in early July that Creighton, Marquette, Oregon, Purdue, USC and Xavier have shown the most recent interest and he claims scholarship offers from Creighton, Marquette and Purdue.
Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5 wing from Bowman Academy (Ind.), threw down one of the best dunks from the grassroots circuit you’ll see this spring. Dillard found his way into the paint, setting up a thunderous one-handed slam over a defender in a video captured by Courtside Films.
Dillard is playing with Mac Irvin Fire this spring and summer, averaging 13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in three games in the Nike EYBL.
He is rated as a three-star recruit, listed No. 123 overall in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. Dillard holds offers from Iowa and Purdue.