MATEWAN, W.Va. — Mingo Central basketball standout Jeremy Dillon signed his letter of intent with Marshall on Wednesday.
One of the state’s best multi-sport athletes, Dillon has thrived on the court and on the football field throughout his high school career, going back to his freshman and sophomore years at Tug Valley.
“I’m really excited to get up to Marshall in Dan D’Antoni’s system,” Dillon said. “I’ve been up there a lot and it really feels like a second home to me. I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”
Last season Dillon led the Miners to a state semifinal appearance in basketball and a 20-7 record by averaging 19.5 points per game. He enters the upcoming season with more than 1,150 career points.
“(Marshall assistant coach) Mark Cline was one of the first people to really believe in me and he saw me first,” Dillon said. “It just felt like a home to me where local supporters can come in and watch me play. There are a lot of other West Virginia (players on the team). I think we could do something very special.”
On the football field Dillon helped the Miners win the Class AA state championship in 2016. He claimed the Kennedy Award and MetroNews Player of the Year
This fall, Dillon has surpassed 3,000 yards and accounted for 51 touchdowns as the playoffs approach.
In his final regular-season game against Winfield, he produced 460 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
“It was a real crazy one to play in. That was really fun,” Dillon said.
A quest for that second title begins this week in the opening round of the playoffs against No. 16 Robert C. Byrd.
As for when basketball practice begins for his senior season prior to heading off to Marshall?
“Hopefully it starts the weekend after (the Super Six) on Dec. 1,” he said.