Dillard talks offer, recruiting

Three-star forward Davon Dillard has had an excellent spring, and now he is picking up more recruiting attention. Recently Purdue stepped up with an offer.

It has been a big spring for Gary (Ind.) Bowman Academy forward Davon Dillard. Playing on the AAU circuit with Meanstreets, Dillard has shown off his high motor athletic style, and now college coaches are beginning to pay more attention.

At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Dillard is an imposing specimen on the basketball court. He has always been athletic, but at the same time inconsistent. Now he is beginning to put it together.

"It has been a real good spring," said Dillard. "I have just been trying to show everybody what I have been working on and what I have been doing in the gym. I think I have played well and showed people what I can do."

Dillard really had a breakout showing at the Nike Elite 100 for the top underclassmen in the country.

"It was a great experience to be at that camp," said Dillard. "Just to go against all of the best players in your class and measure yourself against them was great. I think I showed people what I am capable of."

Recruiting wise Dillard picked up a recent offer from Purdue following their team camp. Along with the Boilermakers, Dillard is hearing from DePaul, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, Dayton, Ohio, and others.

The offer from Purdue was a big one for Dillard, and not one he will soon forget.

"I talked to Coach (Matt) Painter the week before and he told me about their interest," said Dillard of the offer. "I knew I had to play well at their camp and I did. That offer just makes me want to work harder because now I know what it is like."

He continued, "Purdue is a good school and definitely they have been recruiting me hard. I like their facilities and it is a good school."

To this point Dillard has also visited Michigan State for a game during the regular season. Also he intended to visit Tennessee, but his high school team had a conflict and he wasn't able to make it. Still Dillard would like to get down to Knoxville following the July AAU season.

For now Dillard, a three-star prospect, is in no hurry to make a decision, but he does know what factor will be most important in his decision.

"I am a big academic guy," said Dillard. "I not only want to go to a place where I could hopefully get to the NBA, but also somewhere where I will get a great education. That is the most important thing, I have to have something to fall back for when basketball comes to an end."

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