DANVILLE, IN – The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that Indiana Lyons forward Dillon Ware has been named to the ABA 2nd Team West All-Stars for the 2021-22 season. Ware is a 2020 graduate of Danville Community High School.
Ware led the Danville-based Indiana Lyons with 439 points, averaging over 23 points per game this season. He ranked second on the team in both blocks (18) and rebounds (127), averaging 7.5 boards per game. His 67 assists, nearly 4 per game, were good for third on the Lyons.
“Dillon is a great young man on and off the court, and I’m beyond blessed to have the opportunity to coach him,” said Lyons head coach Jamarr Keglar. “I’m elated that the league is beginning to see, recognize, and appreciate him the way I do – as one of the best. It’s only the beginning for him, though, and I look forward to helping and watching him continue to better himself. Only up from here!”
Ware is the son of Chadd Ware and Vanessa Mitchell, both of Danville. This is his second season with the Indiana Lyons after playing basketball at DCHS and for a season at IU Kokomo. He is well-known among Lyons fans for his frequent and emphatic dunks during games.
The ABA is comprised of more than 150 teams throughout North America and Japan and includes nearly 2,000 players. Through his ABA All-Star selection, Ware has been identified as one of the top 20 – or top 1% – of all players in the league.
Ware was the only player in the ABA Midwest Region to be selected as a first- or second-team All-Star.
The Midwest Region is made up of teams from Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The Lyons are the only team from Indiana in the region. In addition to their regional schedule, the Lyons played against teams from Illinois and Ohio this season.
The Lyons finished the 2021-22 season as finalists in the Midwest Region Tournament Championship Game and posted a 19-8 overall record, 15-2 at home. They were ranked No. 20 in the ABA.
In four years of existence, the Lyons have turned in four winning records, four appearances in the ABA Playoffs, the North Central Region Championship and an appearance in the ABA’s Final Eight Tournament last season, and runners-up in the Midwest Region after being moved there by the league in 2021-22.
The Lyons play their home games at Bosstick Gym, 49 N. Wayne Street in Danville, affectionately known as the Lyons Den. Learn more about the team, including their 2022-23 roster and schedule when they are released, at www.IndianaLyons.com or by following them on Facebook.
Preseason games generally begin in October, and the regular season lasts through mid-March, with the playoffs beginning immediately thereafter.