Three-star small forward Davon Dillard was the first player to commit to Cal’s recruiting Class of 2015. He was on board with the Bears a full month before five-star power forward Ivan Rabb made his announcement.
But on April 15, when Rabb and shooting guard Tyson Jolly made things official by signing their letters of intent, there was no news on Dillard.
Dillard’s coach at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y., was vague about reasons that have delayed the 6-foot-5 wing from signing with Cal, but said he remains confident Dillard will play for the Bears next season.
Asked whether Dillard or the school is being scrutinized by the NCAA Clearinghouse, coach Ron Stelzer said, “I’m aware of it. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to say much. We’re in the process of dealing with the situation right now . . . it’s being worked out.”
Stelzer, who also serves as pastor at Our Savior, was not more specific about the reasons for the delay, and said he does not know the timetable for its resolution.
Because Dillard is unsigned, Cal coach Cuonzo Martin is not permitted to talk about him. Likewise, the NCAA does not discuss matters involving player eligibility.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Dillard played only his senior season at Our Savior.
“He’s a good student, a good person,” Stelzer said. “There’s no reason that I can see that he shouldn’t be cleared.”
Stelzer described Dillard as “a good all-around player.” He said his strengths include perimeter shooting and his ability to take the ball “hard” to the basket. “Defensively, I would say he’s at least adequate,” Stelzer said. “He’s not amazing, but he can keep growing there.”