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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Bryant Dillon

[Bryant Dillon]
 CLASS OF: 2004
 SCHOOL: Southwestern Illinois CC, IL
 SCHOOL: Arsenal Tech HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'6 180lbs
 POSITION: Combo Guard
 03-04 RATINGS: #30 (HM), #4 JUCO SG (RB), #6 JUCO WG (LI)
 02-03 RATINGS: #85 (PS)
 ACADEMICS: On track
 STATUS: Signed with Purdue


BIO | PHOTOS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER BIO

Described as "a heck of defensive player" by Southwestern Illinois head coach Jay Harrington, Bryant Dillon brings that, plus matchup difficulties to the Boiler opponents in 2004-05. The 6'6 guard who can play point, shooting guard or small forward, is penciled in at point guard upon his arrival. First as backup to Brandon McKnight in 2004-05, then as probable starter the following year. Dillon possesses a 6'10 wingspan, and nice on-the-ball pressure. He is creative enough to play the small forward, and can hit from either wing position. Purdue has been blessed with high quality rebounders at the guard positions, and Dillon will be no exception to that trend. Currently recovered from a torn ACL in early 2002-03, Bryant also has some coursework to catchup on before he joins the Boilers. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. In his second year at Southwestern Illinois, he averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists in two games before suffering a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Dillon was given a medical redshirt.

His first year at Southwestern Illinois helped him build a reputation as a top player, and gained the high respect of his coach. Dillon averaged eight points, seven rebounds and three assists per game, and showed a solid defensive mindset.

Dillon, originally from Indianapolis, averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a senior for Tech and was the Indianapolis City Player of the Year. As a junior in high school, he averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists. As a sophomore he averaged 6.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

In high school, Dillon received interest from Bowling Green, Drake, Evansville, Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois and the University Of Indianapolis. In junior college, he visited Purdue, Mississippi, Baylor and Auburn, and was also seeing interest from Colorado, Dayton and Rutgers. Ole Miss and Baylor offered scholarships before he chose to accept Purdue's offer.

The timing of Dillon's verbal commitment is rather vague, since he had planned to join the Boilers as a walkon for the 2003-04 season before suffering his knee injury. The news of his choice of Purdue hit the summer of 2003 after he took a series of visits to other Division I programs. He holds interest in accounting.


PLAYER PHOTOS

  • SWIC player photo [Southwestern Illinois SID]


    SCOUTING REPORTS

    Purdue head coach gene Keady..."Bryant's probably the tallest point guard we've signed here, so he will give us another dimension we've not had before. I like his versatility. He can play a one, two or three and then, hopefully play more of the point guard spot once Brandon McKnight graduates." (November 20, 2003 - Purdue SID)

    Southwestern coach Jay Harrington..."Bryant is one of my best players ever. He plays where we ask of him from point guard to center. He makes everyone on the floor better and is so unselfish. He brings to our team, leadership and control." (October 19, 2003)

    Southwestern coach Jay Harrington..."He does a lot of things. He distributes the ball extremely well. He's very crafty in getting rebounds. His outside shooting needs to improve, and that's what we'll work on this year. But his biggest asset is his defense. He's had to defend some really top-notch players." (October 13, 2003)


    LINKS
  • Purdue signs four [Purdue SID]
  • SWIC player profile [SWIC SID]


    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2002→2003   11.0       8.0 6.0     24-7
    2001→2002   8.0       7.0 3.0      
    2000→2001   14.7       8.3 4.6     13-9
    1999→2000   12.4       5.7 4.6     12-9
    1998→1999   6.2       4.0 4.3     10-10



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    01-02 season
  • GRAC Sportsmanship Award
    00-01 season
  • Top 40 Workout invitee
  • Indianapolis MVP (Indianapolis Star)
  • All-Metro Super Team (Indianapolis Star)
  • All-State honorable mention (IBCA)
  • City-County All-Star Game participant
    99-00 season
  • All-City first team (Indianapolis Star)
  • All-State third team (Hoosier Basketball)


    SEASON SCHEDULE (2003-04)
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/06/03 THU 7:00P @ McKendree JV 11/11/03 TUE 7:00P Mineral Area College 11/14/03 FRI 6:00P vs Danville 11/15/03 SAT TBA vs Allegany 11/19/03 WED 7:00P @ SLCC Florissant Valley 11/22/03 SAT 7:00P SLCC Forest Park 11/25/03 TUE 7:00P SMSU-West Plains 12/03/03 WED 7:00P @ SLCC Forest Park 12/07/03 SUN 4:00P @ Three Rivers 12/11/03 THU 7:00P Missouri Baptist 12/15/03 MON 7:00P Greenville College 01/07/04 WED TBA @ Mineral Area College 01/10/04 SAT 3:00P @ Rend Lake College 01/15/04 THU 7:30P Olney Central College 01/17/04 SAT 3:00P @ Lincoln Trail College 01/20/04 TUE 7:00P Lindenwood University 01/22/04 THU 7:30P Kaskaskia College 01/24/04 SAT 3:00P @ John A. Logan College 01/29/04 THU 7:30P Southeastern Illinois 01/31/04 SAT 7:30P @ Wabash Valley College 02/02/04 MON 7:00P McKendree College 02/05/04 THU 7:30P @ Olney Central College 02/07/04 SAT 3:00P Lincoln Trail College 02/09/04 MON 7:00P @ SMSU-West Plains 02/12/04 THU 7:30P @ Kaskaskia College 02/14/04 SAT 3:00P John A. Logan College 02/19/04 THU 7:30P @ Southeastern Illinois 02/21/04 SAT 3:00P Wabash Valley College 02/23/04 MON 7:00P Washington University 02/26/04 THU 7:30P Rend Lake College

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