Dillard brings big time athleticism

California added an elite athlete to their roster on Sunday.

The staple of Cuonzo Martin’s teams at California was his player’s athleticism and toughness. It is a complete non-negotiable in Martin’s eyes. He tries to bring in as many versatile pieces as possible that will play hard and defend, now Martin is bringing that philosophy to Cal.

Already in the 2016 class Cal has a commitment from Oscar Frayer who is an athletic and long prospect on the wing with a ton of versatility, and another one has now been added in the 2015 class with Davon Dillard. Dillard is as explosive and powerful an athlete as there is in the entire country.

At around 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Dillard combines toughness from his roots in Gary, Indiana with impressive athleticism and a non-stop motor. Despite not being the tallest player in the world, Dillard can play the power forward and compete on the glass because of his strength, athleticism, and desire.

In fact Our Savior New American assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch gave Dillard a huge compliment.

“He is going to be a tough and hard-nosed player,” said Jaklitsch of Dillard. “Davon is the type of kid you would love to have in a fox hole with you.”

Jaklistch continued about Dillard, “The Pac 12 has historically been known for athleticism and transition basketball, and Davon fits right in with that. Along with that though, he has a non-stop motor.”

Now California will try to fit Dillard in, and it shouldn’t be too difficult given how Martin wants his teams to play. With players such as Jabari Bird already on the wing, Dillard can complement him well due to his toughness and desire to attack the rim while Bird is more of a pure scorer.

Also Dillard will provide California with a knowledge of how to win. He had a very successful high school career while in Gary, and then also was a part of winning teams during the summer as well as now with Our Savior. His competitiveness and winning pedigree should serve him well as Martin attempts to put together a team like he had at Tennessee.

Don’t look for Dillard to be a huge scorer early on, but his contribution should definitely be noticeable from the minute he steps on the court.

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