"It was big," Dillard said of the offer. "It just shows that my hard work paid off."
At camp in West Lafayette, Dillard wasn't pressing or panicking. He just played his game. The Boilermakers became Dillard's first high-major offer, but plenty more could be coming.
Dillard moved from the Meanstreets AAU team to the Gary-based SYF squad, where he hopes to gain more exposure. This weekend, he's taking the court in Wisconsin for the NY2LA Summer Jam event. Coaches from all over the country lined up courtside to see his team in action.
"I just want to get the exposure playing in front of the coaches," Dillard said.
"I want to boost my stock and show everybody I can play—that I'm one of the top players in my division."
The offer from Purdue has it standing out now. Dillard hopes to visit campus again soon and learn more about the program.
"It's high, it's high right now," Dillard said when asked to assess his level of interest. "I could really consider myself playing at Purdue."
Dillard is working to build a stronger relationship with Purdue head coach Matt Painter, and he hopes to learn more about the program. One factor that immediately catches his attention is the Boilermakers' style of play.
"I just like the way they play, the pace of their game, the way they get up and down the court," said Dillard.
This July will be important for the rising junior as he looks to increase his recruitment. He has a prominent goal to push for.
"I want to make the top 50 list," he said. "That's my main goal."
If Dillard can prove to be at that level, many more offers will come his way.