Three-star recruit Jordan Dillard verbally commits to Villanova

Three-star recruit Jordan Dillard verbally commits to Villanova

Amanda Lockhart

Dillard shoots a free throw during her junior season with the Lady Bulldogs. The team opens its 2012-13 season Nov. 19 at home in the Tip Off Classic against Arabia Mountain.

Senior Jordan Dillard is a starter for the girls’ Varsity basketball team and currently a Bulldog. Come next winter, however, Dillard will be a Wildcat.

In a flurry of commitments from some of the Class of 2013’s top athletes (including Julia Banks to Augusta State University and Perez and Terez Cowan to Appalachian State University), Dillard, a three-star recruit according to espn.com, verbally committed to Villanova University this month to play basketball.

The decision, she says, comes with more relief than pressure.

“One of the biggest benefits of giving an early verbal commitment is the fact that when most kids my age are stressing about tests and applications, I’m pretty much all set,” Dillard said. “I guess the only thing would be, now that my name will be associated with such a big name program, I have to be really mindful of how I represent myself on and off the court.

Dillard was also considering playing for Georgia Tech, Harvard, Memphis and future Big East rival St. John’s.

Not to diminish her accomplishments, but for Dillard’s travel basketball team, the Georgia Metros, has a habit of churning out high-profile women’s basketball players. Through her commitment, Dillard joins Metro alumni like Queen Alford, who graduated from Decatur last year and currently attends Jacksonville University on a basketball scholarship, and Maya Moore, three-time Wade Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft.

“If it wasn’t for the Georgia Metros, I doubt I would have ever had an opportunity like this,” Dillard said. “They allowed me to compete and get the attention of college scouts on a national level. To those around me at school, my verbal commitment to a Division I university is novel, but that’s average stuff with the Metros.”

Although she still has around 400 days until her collegiate debut against South Dakota State, Dillard is already excited for the lifestyle of an NCAA student-athlete.

“I’m most looking forward to the overall experience of being a college athlete,” she said, “with things like [college] teammates, Big East rivalries and traveling.”