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Leprechaun's Spotlight - Dillon Ware

Every week a spotlight is shown on one of our Leprechauns, this week we are focusing in on our #3, Dillon Ware. Dillon is one of the youngest players on our team at age 22, he is 6'7" and 200 lbs. He is always looking for ways to improve, he wants to be the best. His determination is an inspiration. He is focused on reaching his goals, AND he is just an all around nice guy!


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Born to Chad Ware and Vanessa Mitchell, Dillon was born and raised in Danville, IN. Dillon's parents also include step-parents Ashley Ware and John Hensley. Dillon has 9 total siblings, 6 on his dad's side (Jake, Charles, Alex, Taetum, Tinslee, and Kaidon), and 3 on his mom's side (Kolton, Ava, and Luke).


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Growing up in Danville, IN, Dillon played all four years varsity basketball at Danville Community High School. Dillon enjoyed sports growing up and played basketball, baseball, and football. "Basketball was my worst sport of the three," Dillon says. Even though it was his "worst" sport, he has loved it the most even before he was able to dunk. That is hard to believe considering the skill he has. He must have been very good at baseball and football if basketball was his worst. Imagine!


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Dillon played college basketball at IU-Kokomo for a season. He played in 6 games total and started 5 of those games. Unfortunately, we all remember the effects of Covid-19, college basketball wasn't safe from the epidemic. The season was cut short due to Covid, and Dillon and his teammates weren't able to finish what they started.



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Dillon played in the ABA for the Indiana Lyons. He was named in the All Star team in 2022. With 439 points scored, 127 rebounds, 67 assists, and 18 blocks, incredible! He also played for the Hoosier Instigators!


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Afterwards he played in the TBL as a Lebanon Leprechaun during the 2023 season. During Dillon's 1st season with the Leprechauns he averaged 5.7 rebounds per game. He averaged 11.1 points per game. Scoring 167 pts. in 15 games in his first season. He returns this year for season 2 and we are absolutely thrilled to have him back!


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"When I first saw Dillon play, I thought he wasn’t anywhere near ready but the next tryout he made a huge improvement. Not sure what happened between the first and second tryout but he definitely made an impression. As the season went on he continued to show what he could do, not only on the court but in the community. Dillon is loved by so many people in Lebanon and it’s an honor to have him back for his second season. It was like pulling teeth, convincing him to come back but he has definitely made an impact already on the team. Very thankful to have Dillon back and his impact on the team and community!"

-Head Coach John Benson


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When Dillon returned a couple of games into this season, the fans were THRILLED. He is such a nice guy and has already meshed so well with the team. The coaches and staff are also just over the moon excited that he has returned to the roster. Dillon is a strong player and is definitely going to add to our already powerful team, we are lucky to have him!


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Dillon and his girlfriend Megan, have been together since his sophomore year of high school. They have lived together 4 years now. They share a son, 2 year old Xavier and a 4 year old pomsky, named Bleu Sheisty. Dillon and Megan love to spend time together by going out to eat. Their favorite place right now is Coopers Hawk in Avon, IN. Dillon loves food, all food, except the spicier kind. "Food is the way to my heart 1000%."



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Dillon refers to Xavier as his best friend and his favorite person to hang out with. Xavier also loves basketball and to watch his dad play. If Dillon isn't working, training, or being a family man, you can find him out and about with our #14 Alex Brown. "We both like to have a good time and if you see us we are most likely dancing or acting like fools."



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"He's definitely my bestie, a great father, and definitely a great player. Dillon is always working on his game and always wants to improve to get better"

-Alex Brown #15


He enjoys a few other hobbies outside of basketball. He loves cars and motorcycles, owning 12 different cars already at only 22 years old! These cars include a 2022 Tesla, BMW M5, 2 Subarus, a 392 Dodge Charger, 2 OTHER BMW's, and 3 different motorcycles! He is currently driving a right hand drive 1997 Toyota Crown. Wow Dillon!


Dillon loves to travel, he has been to over half the states and his favorite is Hawaii. His other hobbies include animals, photography, sports. He prioritizes family time most of all and believes strongly in loyalty. "I believe loyalty should be in everyone, but it isn't a common trait with people anymore." It is definitely an admirable trait to believe in.


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Dillon is a lover of tattoos. If you haven't noticed yet, he has 1 or 2 of them himself. He got his first tattoo at 15 and it became an addiction. He has quite a bit more than than that now, he has lost count of how many he has currently!


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Dillon owns a small business out in Danville, IN. The Coughie Shop, is a Vaporizer (Vape) Store located at 115 S Washington St, Danville, IN. The store's grand opening was in November of 2023! Very impressive that he can juggle his business, basketball, and family time without breaking a sweat!


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Dillon Ware is an incredible asset to this team. He is not only an exceptional athlete, but he is just a good guy all around. He is always willing to lend a hand to any of the staff and does it with a smile on his face. He is young, but he is making power moves in every area of his life. He is an inspiration to the fans and to those who know him. We are very happy to have you back as a Leprechaun, Dillon, and we cannot wait to see what you can do with this 2024 season!


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