Boys Basketball: Bowman standout Davon Dillard leaving Bowman for La Lumiere
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or email@example.com. Twitter: @MikeHuttonPT July 19, 2014 6:36PM
Bowman's Davon Dillard steals the ball and drives the lane but can't complete the play at Bankers Life Fieldhousel on March 29, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 21, 2014 7:05AM
One of the worst-kept secrets in basketball circles in Northwest Indiana became official Saturday.
Davon Dillard is leaving Bowman Academy.
Dillard, a 6-5 junior who is one of the most heavily recruited players in the Region, will play basketball next season at La Lumiere in LaPorte, according to his mother Kaliah Baker. Baker called from Georgia, where she is attending the Peach Jam, a Nike AAU tournament that includes some of the best players in the country, to break the news.
Dillard’s departure from Bowman was assumed by most insiders.
The question was where he would end up.
Montrose Christian, Morgan Park in Chicago (where Nick Irvin, who was affliated with the Bowman AAU team, Mac Irvin Fire Basketball, coaches) and Oak Hill (Virginia) were all part of the speculation.
Baker would only say that they seriously considered four of the top 10 prep schools in the country for Dillard. Dillard has offers from Purdue and Indiana and he is ranked as the 123rd best prospect in the country by Rivals. Creighton also has offered and Michigan State has shown interest.
Ultimately, they decided on La Lumiere because he “needed to play with elite players,” according to Baker. Jalen Coleman, a 6-3 guard from Indianapolis who is considered one of the top shooting guards in the country, is at La Lumiere.
She also was familiar with Alan Huss, the La Lumiere coach.
“I think it’s the best place for him socially, athletically and academically. I think he can get a great education, she said. “It’s also not too far from home.”
Dillard has been compared to former Lew Wallace star Jerome Harmon, a high-flying, athletic small forward/off guard who played for Louisville.
He helped the Eagles get to the 3A state championship this year, where they lost to Greensburg. Dillard averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game for Bowman. He led the team with 21 points and 5 rebounds in an 89-76 loss to the Pirates.
Dillard also had issues off the court. He missed the first part of the season though the school never officially said why.
The Post-Tribune learned through a police report that Dillard knocked a teammate, Anthony Coles unconscious, in a fight in practice.
Baker said the decision to leave Bowman was made well before the Eagles played in the state finals.
She and Davon felt like it was best to move on.
“You guys (the media) have made it hard,” she said. “It was time to move forward.”
Baker said she did not tell Bowman coach Marvin Rea that Davon was going to La Lumiere. Rea did not return a text or phone call for comment.