NS In-Depth: Wayne’s Dillon Redding

Since arriving at Wayne for his first season this school year, junior Dillon Redding has carried the threat associated with his family’s name well. The middle of three Redding brothers, Dillon has kept up the sharpshooting legacy of brother Jacob by shooting 49 percent from three point range (as of press time), hitting 49 of his first 99 three point shots of the season.

Redding has become the second leading scoring option on a thriving Wayne Generals teams, with 13.3 points per game, also shooting 59 percent from two-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line. His biggest highlight came in a close loss to Marion on December 22 when he knocked down 7-of-10 three point shots on his way to a career high 31 points.

WHO: Dillon Redding

SCHOOL: Wayne

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne, IN

HEIGHT: 6’3″

POSITION: Shooting Guard

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THE BUZZ ON DILLON

• THE PLAYER — Dillon on Dillon: “I just like to be in the background and not get all the attention.”

• THE COACH — Wayne’s Aaron Rehrer on Dillon: “Dillon has been a major contributor in our success this season. He is an extremely tough kid that works his butt off daily. He is the best shooter that I have coached in 8 years at Wayne and is probably the best shooter in our area this year.”

• THE OPPOSING COACH — Homestead’s Chris Johnson on Dillon: “Fantastic shooter with a lot of range. [You] have to know where he is at all times and key on him due to his shooting ability.”

• THE OPPOSING COACH — North Side’s Shabaz Khaliq on Dillon: “Dillon has really come into his own this year. He has given Wayne a true outside threat from the perimeter and has had some big games for them this year. Dillon really understands how to play the game and stays true to his role within the offense. He is definitely someone that you must aware of at all times. He is a Redding, they all can shoot!”

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THE RECRUITING TRAIL

College choice: N/A

What are you looking for in a college?: Furthering my education

Recruited by: Trine, Manchester, Adrian College

When you knew you’d have a chance to play college basketball: 2 or 3 summers ago

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ALL ABOUT DILLON

Nickname: Dil

I can’t be beat at: Darts

Biggest fear: Loosing everyone in my family

Pet peeve: People eating loud

Best vacation spot: Hawaii

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IN THE GYM

Favorite opponent: Homestead

Favorite gym: New Castle

High school playing goal: Help put my team in a position to win every night

College goal: Try and help my team in any way I can

Occupation if not basketball: Engineering, Architecture

Favorite Coach Rehrer saying: “Always keep a chip on your shoulder”

Biggest sports thrill participated in: Beating Dwenger on a buzzer beater last season

Biggest sports thrill witnessed: Saints winning Super Bowl XLlV

Fav pro team: New Orleans Saints

Favorite current pro athlete: Drew Brees

Sports hero: Drew Brees

First trophy was for: Wildcat Baseball

If could play 1-on-1 with anyone: Steph Curry

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THE FAVORITES

Favorite musician: Future

Favorite meal: Wings

Favorite dessert: Cheesecake

Sit down restaurant or fast food: Sit down restaurant

Favorite ice cream: Mint

Favorite candy: Lifesaver gummies

Favorite movie: Jason Bourne movies

Actor: Matt Damon

Books: The False Prince

Class in school: Math

Teacher at Wayne: Ms. Cockrell

TV show: Monk

Cartoon: Bugs Bunny

Color: Red

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FAMILY

Favorite thing to do with mom: Watch movies

Favorite thing to do with dad: Go to the gym

Number of siblings: 2

Favorite thing to do with sibling: Competing

Best advice from parents: “You can accomplish anything if you work hard enough”

Future family size: Small

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HISTORY

If you could go back in time to witness one event: Signing the Declaration of Independence

If you could meet anyone: Thomas Jefferson

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THE IN-DEPTH ARCHIVE

NS In-Depth: Carroll’s Kelli Damman

NS In-Depth: North Side’s Brandan Johnson

NS In-Depth: Concordia Lutheran’s Carissa Garcia

NS In-Depth: Bishop Dwenger’s Hayden Smithey

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Hannah Barnes

NS In-Depth: Leo’s Jeremy Davison

NS In-Depth: South Adams’ Lexi Dellinger

NS In-Depth: Blackhawk Christian’s Caleb Furst

NS In-Depth: Central Noble’s Meleah Leatherman

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Keondre Brown

NS In-Depth: Homestead’s Kara Gealy

NS In-Depth: DeKalb’s Leigha Brown

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