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.