Cats sign two to LOI's

University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson announced Wednesday that two student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The duo will report to the school in the fall of 2004.

Jawann McClellan and Daniel Dillon each inked Letters-of-Intent during the first day of the November early signing period. McClellan is ranked among the top 10 nationally at his position and in the top 40 overall.

"This is a very solid recruiting class with outstanding potential," said Olson. "Both are outstanding people and very good basketball players who should fit in well with our style of play."

McClellan, a 6-foot-5, 202-pound guard from Houston, Texas, is ranked as the No. 36 overall prospect in the country by theinsidershoops.com. McClellan, who preps at Charles H. Milby High School, is a long and athletic player with great instincts for the game. He is an outstanding scorer who averaged 22.0 points and 5.6 rebounds last season and is rated as the No. 10 shooting guard in the nation

"Jawann has always wanted to be a Wildcat and he showed a tremendous amount of loyalty to the program throughout the recruiting process," said UA assistant coach Josh Pastner, the lead recruiter for both players in this class. "He is probably the best pure scorer we've had since Michael Dickerson. Simply put, he is a winner, a team-first guy."

Dillon, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard from Hampton, Victoria, Australia and certainly the sleeper of the recruiting class, led VCIM to the Australia 18-and-under national championship last summer by averaging 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals. In that seven-game stretch, Dillon posted a 4:1 assist:turnover ratio and shot 52 percent from the floor. He is a strong rebounder who is very physical and plays above the rim. Dillon currently attends North Laurel High School in London, Ky.

"Daniel is a very skilled ballhandler with the ability to play both guard positions," said Pastner. "He is tough mentally and fits very well into our up-tempo system."


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