Davon Dillard, like a majority of the Oklahoma State basketball team, is looking forward to playing in his first NCAA Tournament game. And It’s safe to say that the Oklahoma State sophomore may be one of the more excited players to play in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Considering that it’s only about 2.5 hours away from Dillard’s hometown of Gary Indiana. He’s had a constant stream of calls and messages from family and friends back home showering Dillard with support by purchasing tickets and making that near 3-hour trek to see him play. When asked about the support his family and friends have showed, “So far, my phone’s been ringing off the hook.” said Dillard, “So I’m pretty sure a lot of people’s coming. A lot of people have bought tickets instead of even asking for tickets. A lot of people told me they went out and bought tickets which is great.”
But having all that attention from friends and family could be considered a huge distract to the Cowboy’s sophomore. The Cowboys are currently on a three-game losing skid and when asked about whether the calls and messages of support are too much of a distraction, Dillard told us “At some point, I always put my phone down. Just focus, come to the gym and put up shots.”.
Davon, a four-star recruit out of high school and the No. 3 rated recruit out of Indiana, is used to playing and attending games at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Dillard said that he grew up a Pacers fan and that he’s currently a huge Paul George fan. He’s also played in two state championships games there winning the first one, and losing the second. But he says that he has “extreme confidence playing on that court” and that each time he’s played there, he’s scored nearly 30-plus points in both outings. Dillard, who only played 24 min last year and made only two buckets in the seven games he played in as a true freshman, has had an immense turnaround this season amassing a whopping 305 min on the season and roughly 12.7 min, 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. Including making ESPN’s Top Ten list with two explosive dunks. Once against West Virginia on Feb 4th and a game ending dunk against TCU on Jan 23rd.
The Cowboys take on the Michigan Wolverines this Friday at 11:15am at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
TV: CBS (Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery/Tracy Wolfson)
Radio: KFAQ am1170 (Dave Hunziker/John Holcomb)