The California Golden Bears won't have any trouble with their wing rotation the next few years. Even if Tyrone Wallace leaves, here comes Davon Dillard! The 6'5, 200 pound Gary (Indiana) Our Savior New American School wing has committed to Cal on a huge visit weekend for the Bears and becomes Cuonzo Martin's first commitment for the 2015 class. Dillard also had offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Pitt, Providence and Purdue.
I'm officially a cal Bear #California
— Davon Dillard (@DDillard24) March 1, 2015
- Athleticism - This is without a doubt one of his greatest strengths. (Just watch this video.) Dillard is a SC Top 10 waiting to happen. He definitely will posterize anyone that stands in his way. Davon also has elite quickness in a variety of ways as well. Vertically, Dillard explodes for dunks, rebounds, blocks. Laterally, he moves his feet before his body makes the move. His first step is one of the quickest and makes his move based on the defender after that first jab. Hand-wise, he keeps his hands moving with and without the ball, making sure he keeps defenders on their guard while giving him the opportunity to get the shot he wants. Davon is also outstanding and absorbing the contact to make sure he gets a clean shot. He recognizes defenses quickly and is able to adjust his body when attacking the basket.
- Ball Handling & Play-Making Ability - Davon Dillard is a good ball-handler for his position. He is not a natural point guard but he is always looking to make plays for himself and his teammates. Dillard is a very aggressive driver to the basket that he forces defenses slide to protect the paint, he recognizes it and make a smart interior pass. Dillard also has a nasty crossover and spin move. Dillard reminds me of Chris Douglas-Roberts but a lot more athletic. He uses the same types of moves to break his defender down and is willing to give up the ball to teammates if he can get the defense to slide or collapse. Davon can also make some outstanding passes as well. Dump-offs, wrap-arounds, no-looks, Dillard makes some flashy passes, but does it with a good amount of confidence and consistency.
- Attack Mode - Lastly, I think his mental strength is one of his greatest attributes. Whenever Dillard touches the ball, he always looks to attack. He doesn't waver in his mission to get the ball in the basket, whether that be by himself or setting up another teammate. His mentality and toughness definitely is contagious and will affect his teammates; and you can never have enough mentally tough players.
The athleticism just flies off the tape in his reel
We'll just give you the bare bones here.
- ESPN: Four stars (80), 20th best small forward, 3rd best Indiana recruit
- 247Sports; Three stars (92), 128th national recruit, 40th best shooting guard, 4th best Indiana recruit
- Rivals: Three stars, 133rd national recruit
- Scout: Three stars
The Bears are suddenly stacked at wing the next few years. This would give Cal a rotation of Wallace (if he stays), Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews and Stephen Domingo along with Roger Moute a Bidias. That's a lot of wing talent, and the Bears are starting add height and wingspan to that unit.
Welcome to Cal Davon! GO BEARS!