Dillon Cole, a sophomore at Clay County High School, found time off from his summer job to attend the Kevin Jones Basketball Camp in July. The camp was hosted by Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward and former WVU stand out Kevin Jones.
Jones was the second leading scorer for the Mountaineers, first team ALL-Big East Team and all-tournament team, helping the Mountaineers achieve a spot in the Final Four for the first time since Jerry West in 1959. Jones was assisted at the camp by other notable Mountaineer players including Joe Mazzulla, Kevin Noreen, Truck Bryant, and Terry Henderson.
“It was great to be around all of the WVU players I’ve watched for the past several years and to learn from them,” Cole said. “I especially enjoyed the rebounding instruction from KJ and the one-on-one drills he used.”
Of course, Cole also made some new friends along the way including Justin Mazzulla, Joe’s younger brother, who is currently listed as the top freshman basketball player in Rhode Island, who also attended the camp.
At the conclusion of the camp, Cole was named camp MVP. During the presentation of the MVP plaque, Jones complimented Cole on his relentless defensive play, hustle and willingness to assist the younger players in their skill development.
“Dillon has proven himself to be a high motor player with a never-say-quit defensive mind set, yet caring with the younger players,” Jones said.
“I was surprised by the award” Cole said. “I think the skills I’ve learned and the confidence in my game that I have gained from this camp will be an asset to our team this coming year.”
Cole played both JV and Varsity last year for Coaches Shawn Krajeski and Scott Gibson, respectively, and was named “most improved” player at the 2013 Clay County High School Spring Awards Banquet.
Dillon is the son of Larry and Natalie Lawson Cole of Procious and the grandson of Montie and Eloise Messer of Logan and the late Jesse and Eula Cole of Gassaway.