Kevin Dillard may have been the consummate team player at Dayton, but when he picks up a basketball these days, he’d rather have no one else on the court but him.
The two-time Flyers MVP is preparing for a pro career and has been working out in solitude on the practice court in the Cronin Athletics Center.
“I like to go when the sun is down, at 11 o’clock or so. I do my long workouts at night,” he said. “Nobody is there. You’ve got the whole gym to yourself. You don’t have to worry about anything.
“I go in there and pump my music up, close the doors and zone out and just work. I’m just hoping and praying everything will pay off and I’ll be ready for anything that comes my way.”
Dillard is considered a longshot to be drafted by the NBA, but he’d at least like to follow the path of ex-UD stars Brian Roberts, Chris Wright, Chris Johnson and Devin Searcy and get the chance to prove himself on a summer league team and as an undrafted free agent in training camp.
He was one of 64 seniors invited earlier this month to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is a showcase for NBA prospects.
“It was a good experience for me,” he said. “I got to play against some highly talented guys and play in front of a lot of NBA scouts and overseas scouts and agents. It was definitely a step in the right direction.”
About a dozen former UD players are suiting up for international teams, including 2012 grads Josh Parker and Luke Fabrizius in Germany.
Dillard, who will graduate May 5 (his degree is in general studies with minors in philosophy, psychology and communications), would certainly be willing to play overseas if the NBA doesn’t work out.
“Of course my dream is to hear my name called (at the June 27 draft). I’m going to push for that. But if that doesn’t come, God will lead me somewhere,” he said.
“It’s a blessing to play anywhere. There’s a lot of guys who would kill to be in my position. Any opportunity I get will be a blessing because I’ll be playing basketball for a living. That’s a fun life. You just wake up, go to a gym and do what you know to do. As long as I’m doing what I love, I’ll be fine.”
Men’s basketball: UD coach Archie Miller will hold his day camps at the Frericks Center on June 10-13, June 24-27 and July 15-18. The first two are for grades two through nine, the latter for grades two through seven. The cost is $225.
Sessions for ages 4-7 will be on June 14, June 28 and July 19. The cost is $50. The parent-son camp will be June 15 and costs $160. And a shooting clinic for grades five through 10 will be June 21 and costs $60. The high school team camp will be June 22-23.
For more information, call the basketball office at (937) 229-4421 or go online at ArchieMillerbasketballcamp.com.