Men's Basketball


  • position Guard
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 176
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Hickory, N.C.

2023-24 (FRESHMAN)
Tabbed the Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year … Selected to the All-SEC Second Team by both the league’s coaches and media … Also an All-SEC Freshman Team honoree … Earned SEC Freshman of the Week and Associated Press National Player of the Week following a career-high 35 point-performance against top-five ranked Tennessee … Andy Katz’s selection for National Freshman of the Year … Appeared in 32 games and made one start … Averaged 15.2 points, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game … Connected on 47.5% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range … Sunk 64 3-pointers … Hit double-figure scoring in 27 games, including eight games with 20 or more … Led UK in scoring eight times and assists in 12 games … Drained three or more 3s in 11 outings … Had 10 points, six boards and three assists in the NCAA Tournament … Scored a team-high 27 points and added four rebounds and seven assists in the SEC Tournament … Led the team with 23 points at home vs. Vanderbilt, while also registering five assists … Scored 16 points and chipped in four assists in the upset of No. 13 Alabama … Put up 23 points, including 21 in the second half at LSU … He scored each of UK’s final 12 points in that game … Had third-straight 20-point effort with 20 points in the win at Vanderbilt while also dishing out eight assists … Scored a career-high 35 points at home vs. Tennessee … He added six 3-pointers in that effort … Logged 20 points and four assists at home vs. Florida … Posted 16 points on the road at South Carolina … Notched 23 points in only 19 minutes in win over Missouri … Generated 16 points, seven assists and three steals in the win over Illinois State … Had 17 points and three rebounds in the win over North Carolina … Scored 12 points and had nine assists in the win over Miami … Had 16 points and eight assists against Marshall … Posted 13 points and six assists in the overtime win over Saint Joseph’s … First 20-point game came with 20 points and seven assists vs. Stonehill … Went for 18 points, including 4 of 5 from deep against No. 1 Kansas … Logged 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in his collegiate debut against New Mexico State.

Ranked as high as No. 13 overall by 247Sports … Appeared in the 2023 Iverson Classic and was the Iverson Classic Crossover Award winner … Averaged 14.7 points and 4.9 assists per game at Overtime Elite … Joined Overtime Elite for final high school season … Charlotte Observer High School Basketball Player of the Year in 2020-21 … 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP, averaging 15.7 points and 6.2 assists in more than 20 minutes per game … Averaged 21.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as a sophomore at Combine Academy, leading the team to a 29-3 record and a non-association state title.

Born Jan. 4 in Hickory, North Carolina … Parents are Valaaulia Tailele and Donald Dillingham … Has two siblings, Pai Tailele and Denzel Dillingham … First car he drove was a Tesla … Dunked for the first time during the summer of his ninth-grade year in Rock Hill, South Carolina … Superpower he most wishes he had is tuberculation … Lists Kobe Bryant as his favorite player and Malik Monk as his favorite former Wildcat … His brother has influenced his life the most … Favorite food is Japanese … The Matrix is his favorite movie … Chose Kentucky over North Carolina, UCLA, Southern Cal, Memphis and Louisville.

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