Has started all 30 games this season at point guard...his 178 assists are a career-high and the fifth-highest in school history...entering the season, had started just two career games in three years and averaged 11.6 minutes per game...averaged 29.2 minutes per games this year...had 10 assists vs. Connecticut (Feb. 12), the second game this year he has been in double-figure assists...in the final regular season BIG EAST statistics, was third in assists, fifth in assists/turnover ratio and seventh in steals...in conference games, was fourth in assist/turnover ratio, fifth in assists and tied for 14th in steals...tough, hard-nosed ballhandler...has great understanding of role of point guard and gets ball to the scorers...has good size and has added strength and weight to his frame...always working to acquire more defensive skills.
AS A SENIOR: Had nine assists in regular season finale win over Georgetown on Saturday...scored nine points with five assists in win over St. John?s (Jan. 29), including a steal and three-point play on a dunk with 2:19 left to give Irish lead for good...tied a career-high 10 points vs. Miami (Jan. 25)...registered nine assists in win over Seton Hall (Feb. 19) and now has 28 assists in the past four games...had seven assists to one turnover vs. Syracuse (Jan. 17)...tied a career-high with nine points vs. Connecticut (Jan. 5)...his six rebounds vs. Boston College (Jan. 12) were a career high......had seven assists with just one turnover vs. Elon (Dec. 28) and seven assists with just two turnovers vs. St. Peter?s (Dec. 31)...hit a layup with two seconds left vs. Indiana (Nov. 30) to send game into overtime...hit a three-point field goal with 42 seconds left in regulation as he scored final five points of regulation...scored a season-high seven points vs. Hoosiers...dished out a career-high 12 assists in win over Siena (Nov. 18)...had nine assists and just one turnover vs. Maryland (Nov. 26)...had eight assists vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 4) and Valparaiso (Dec. 9).
Back-up point guard who played in all 29 games last season, starting two of them, and has played a total of 85 games in his career, the most of any returning Irish player .... averaged 15.6 minutes of playing time in 1998-99 after playing just 9.5 minutes per game in his first two years ... tough, hard-nosed ballhandler ... has great understanding of role of point guard and gets ball to the scorers ... has good size and has added strength and weight to his frame ... always working to acquire more defensive skills ... did not turn 20 until January of 1999.
AS A JUNIOR: Came off the bench to play 23 minutes vs. Providence (Jan. 30) to record six assists and just one turnover and backed that up with a six assist-two turnover performance in 21 minutes of action against Seton Hall (Feb. 6) ... made his first collegiate start vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 19) and also started vs. St. John's (Feb. 24) ... had a career-high eight assists vs. St. John's ... was the backup point guard for the Irish for the first 18 games this season and is averaging 16.0 minutes per game ... tied his career high with nine points vs. Villanova (Jan. 7) ... played a career-high 35 minutes in win over Providence (Dec. 8) with then career-high seven assists while turning the ball over just three times ... also scored seven points against the Friars ... scored six points vs. Indiana (Dec. 1), including layup basket at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime ... had a career-high nine points vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 21).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Backup point guard who played in all 27 games and averaged 10.1 minutes of playing time per game...recorded 22 assists in the last five games of '97-'98 and scored 26 points...tied his career high with eight points against Miami (Feb. 21), including two three-pointers, and again against Georgetown (Feb. 25)...also had four rebounds vs. the Hoyas...hit a key three-point field goal with 2:46 left to give the Irish the lead for good vs. Georgetown...also tied his career high with six assists against Miami (Feb. 22)...recorded five assists vs. Providence in regular-season finale (Feb. 28).
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw duty as backup point guard and came off the bench in 29 of 30 games to play an average of 9.0 minutes per game...was third on the team in assists with 46 and turned the ball over just 28 times, one every 9.3 minutes of play...had a career-high eight points vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 22)...dished out six assists vs. Loyola Chicago (Dec. 21) in 14 minutes of play.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for head coach Tony Chapman at Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem, Pa. ...was named player of the year in the Bicentennial League and was a two-time all-conference pick...was named player of the year by the Bucks County Courier-Times for its Golden 15 all-star team...was named player of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer on its neighbors all-star team...was named fourth-team all-area by the Philadelphia Inquirer...team posted an overall record of 28-3 in senior season...squad won District 1 Class AAA championship game and advanced to semifinals of state tournament...averaged 16.3 points per game as a senior and recorded 153 assists...for his career, averaged 11.7 points per game and registered 374 assists...had a career total of 996 points...shot 56 percent from the field (247-445) and 75 percent (190-253) from the foul line...in summer of '95, played on same AAU team as National Basketball Association first-round draft pick Kobe Bryant...that Delaware Valley Region team defeated Philadelphia for the championship of the Keystone Games...involved in Peer Ministry and was an intramural director in high school...full name is James Richard Dillon...youngest of five children with two brothers and two sisters...born 1-15-79, in Philadelphia...enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with major in sociology.
Dillon's Career Highs
|Points:||9 on two occasions|
|Field Goals:||4 vs. Vanderbilt, 1998-99|
|Field Goals Attempted:||7 on two occasions|
|Field-Goal Percentage:||1.000 on 11 occasions|
|Free Throws:||4 on three occasions|
|Free Throws Attempted:||6 vs. Villanova (1), 1998-99|
|Free-Throw Percentage:||1.000 on eight occasions|
|Rebounds:||5 vs. Syracuse (2), 1998-99|
|Assists:||8 vs. St. John's, 1998-99|
|Blocked Shots:||1 on two occasions|
|Steals:||4 vs. Georgetown (2),1997-98|
|Minutes:||35 vs. Providence (1), 1998-99|
Jimmy Dillon's Career Statistics
Game-By-Game in '96-'97
Game-By-Game in '97-'98
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