Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, has committed to California following an official visit this weekend.
“I’m officially a cal Bear,” he Tweeted.
An athletic wing player who can stroke it from beyond the arc, Dillard had recently trimmed his list to Cal, Creighton, Indiana, Pitt and Purdue.
Dillard is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals and No. 132 overall in the 2015 class.
“He’s a terrific athlete, shoots the 3,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. “Not fully a skilled three-man yet, but very athletic and that’s a good get for them.
“He’s a big-time athlete, he has a BCS body and he’s gotta continue to elevate his skill level. When I first saw him I thought he was more of an under-sized four, but he’s an effort guy, a guy who does play hard. His problem is not focus, he’s gotta flesh out his perimeter skill set.”
Dillard tripped to Cal this weekend along with bigs Ivan Rabb and Caleb Swanigan, two elite players who are considering Cal along with other schools.
The 6-10 Rabb is also considering Arizona, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas, while the 6-8 Swanigan is being courted by Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky, Arizona and others.
If head coach Cuonzo Martin and assistant Yanni Hufnagel can land either or both to pair with Dillard, the Golden Bears will have the makings of a tremendous class.
Rabb and Swanigan are close and have discussed playing together. Dillard said all three could join forces.
“We’re thinking about it,” Dillard said, according to Cal beat writer Lindsay Brauner.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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