Dillon Ware Named 2022 ABA All-Star

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!”

Dillon Ware. (Photo by TOPPLevel Entertainment)

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.

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As the American Basketball Association prepares for this season’s ABA Finals and All-Star Game, they are making the first player announcements for this season.
There will be 6 teams total plus Honorable Mentions: 1st Team East and West, 2nd Team East and West, 3rd Team East and West. The ABA has tried to pick the best players from the best teams and ended up with over 100 nominations. The talent in the ABA is exceptional.
The ABA will be updating the the listings of 3rd team and honorable mentions at a later time. All 30 players will receive a jersey.
EAST ALL STARS
1st Team
Wyoming Valley Clutch   Peter Alexis   Center   28.2ppg, 12.2rpg
Georgia Soul    Chris Washington   PF   26ppg, 14.6rpg
Jacksonville Giants   Maurice Mickens   G    25ppg   7 apg
Baldwin County Hoopers   Calvin “Zeus” Dade   27ppg, 13rpg
North Alabama War Dawgs   Chase Sturdivant   G  17.5ppg, 7.2rpg
2nd Team
Providence Pirates  Shane DeRosa  C  25.7ppg, 7.1apg
Mobile Jesters  Tycal Thrash   G   26ppg, 8apg, 3spg
Garden State Warriors   Chris Moseley  F   17ppg, 10rpg,  3bpg
Binghamton Bulldogs   Ralph Williams   G   18.8ppg, 9.6apg, 5.4rpg
Columbus Blackhawks,  Rashad Faust,  F   39ppg, 17rpg, 5bpg

WEST ALL STARS
1st Team
Chula Vista Suns   Ryan Carter   G   50ppg
Team Trouble  Josh Allen F   23.5ppg, 8.7rpg
Chicago Fury  Armani Chaney G  25.5ppg, 9.3rpg
Steel City Yellow Jackets   Antonio Reddic  F   35ppg, 8rpg
Ohio Bruins   Jay Farrow   F  33.1ppg, 8.5rpg
2nd Team
Texas Seraphin   Bryant Evans   G   18.8ppg,  8.9rpg, 5.9apg
Alamo City All Stars Joseph Jackson  F   16.7ppg, 15.4rpg, 6.4apg
Tucson Buckets, Kaylon Tippins   F   40ppg, 9rpg, 4bpg
Indiana Lyons   Dillon Ware   F   25ppg, 7.1rpg
Chula Vista Suns   Ryan Smith   C   20ppg, 15rpg
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