PEORIA, Ill. — They’ve played basketball with and against each other since they could dribble.
But this week, twins Connor and Declan Dillon are coaching against one another at the Curley ‘Boo’ Johnson “Skills For Life” camp.
“We both have the same coaching styles,” Connor Dillon said. “We like to get up at each other.”
This week is a fun week for the brothers as it’s really their final week of the summer. They begin their senior year at Notre Dame next week.
It’s been a summer filled with basketball. And a summer where they’ve started taking college recruiting visits. Both want to play college basketball.
Both think it would be fun to play together.
“It would be super cool. I would love to because we have a lot of chemistry,” said Declan Dillon. “If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”
Lewis University and Michigan Tech have offered both brothers spots on their rosters.
“Me and my brother play well together,” Connor Dillon said. “We have been playing all our lives, since Biddy Basketball. Whatever gives us the best opportunity together.
If they aren’t recruited to play college hoops together, they have one more season as high school teammates. They were once the fresh faces on the team, Connor seeing varisty playing time as a freshman and Declan as a sophomore.
But this year, they’re seniors.
“It feels like last year I was young. But now I have to be the leader of the group,” said Declan Dillon. “It’s going to be fun, though.”
Declan will play soccer at Notre Dame this fall while Connor will play football. They will reunite for basketball in November.
“It’s been a great run,” said Connor Dillon. “I have so many memories of my team and my brother. Hopefully we can end it the way we want to.”