NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Sean Dillon, a 5-10 point guard at New Providence High School, signed a letter of intent Thursday to attend Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where he will continue his basketball career.
Dillon, who is averaging 18 points per game so far in his senior season, made his mark as the playmaker for the Pioneers' Group 1 state championship team last winter. New Providence had three career 1,000-point scorers on that team, and that was partly attributable to Dillon's ability to distribute the ball. He averaged 9.0 assists per game last season, handing out 10 or more assists in 15 games last winter.
"Sean is the only player I have ever had to start as a freshman from Day One," said Art Cattano, the head boys basketball coach at New Providence since 1983. "You can't win a state championship without a great point guard. Sean is a great player, great passer and a great defender, and he has grown into a very fine young man."
Dillon averaged 11.2 points per game as a junior, but, as the most experienced returning player to this year's team, the quick and creative guard has had to take on more of a shooting role, so his scoring has gone up and his assist total has come down this year.
"The transition was not that hard because in AAU and PAL I had always been a scorer first," Dillon said. "With the talent we had on last year's (New Providence) team, though, I could let everyone else score.
"Seton Hill fell in love with my passing ability and the way that I saw the whole floor. But they also told me, 'You don't get recruited if you can't score'."
Seton Hill is a, NAIA Division 2 program in Greensburg, Pa. that is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
"They're getting a great player and a great person," Cattano said of Seton Hill and Dillon. "Nobody I've ever coached has ever worked harder. He's a great teammate; his teammates love him. Sean has a great future."