The Northwest Texans had a great boys basketball season this year, taking third in district and making it to the playoffs. Dillon Pruitt was a part of that varsity success, but did not have the chance to start. As he heads into summer tournament play with his Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, the Forth Worth Jayhawks, he is hoping to build on his skills and start his senior season at the top of his game.
“Dillon is a coach’s dream,” said Jayhawks head coach Rodney McFadden. “He is a good kid, even to a fault. He is very unselfish and is a true team player. “
Pruitt recognizes his abilities as a team leader.
“I am always there if someone misses a shot or has a bad game,” he said. “I pick them up and let them know they will get it next time.”
The Jayhawks won all of their pool games in the weekend’s tournament, placing them in the Sunday night championship game against the DFW Hawks. The Jayhawks won the game 64-39.
“My Northwest team is like a family, but the Jayhawks are a little more relaxed and not as hectic,” Pruitt said. “I am able to work on my skills and get some more game time and experience that will help me start this year.”
McFadden believes Pruitt has plenty of untapped potential waiting to be discovered.
“Dillon is not as confident as his skill level would allow him to be,” he said. “He is a true point guard but he is one of the ones you want to even be more aggressive than he is. It is easier to teach a kid to be more aggressive than it is to teach him how to share. If he can get a little more aggressive, he could have extensive playing time next year.”
Pruitt has a dedication and a natural leadership that McFadden would like to see him use to his advantage.
“People are just drawn to him as a leader. He needs to be more vocal on the court, and if he gets more aggressive offensively, and talks more to his teammates on the court, the sky’s the limit for him,” McFadden said. “Size is a big factor for guys at this level and higher. Your work ethic and leadership skills are so important. That can be what separates you from a guy that is a few inches taller than you.”
Pruitt is looking forward to taking his skills and experience back to the Texans team for his senior season.
“I want to definitely make a playoff run this year,” he said. “I’m hoping to get more game time and keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully get noticed.”