On Saturday night, Jacksonville University got a steal. Former NJIT guard, Dylan O’Hearn may not be the biggest name in the portal but he had one of the biggest games in the portal.
Back in December, the Highlanders took the short hour trip out west to Lafayette College. Not much was thought of it. NJIT ended up winning in double overtime, 90-86. Dylan O’Hearn also happened to set the school record for points in that game with 42.
“It really felt great as a team, not just myself,” O’Hearn said after the game, “I can congratulate my guys as much as I can congratulate myself. The coaching staff as well.”
Now when you usually see a high scoring game like that, a player is putting up a ton of shots. That was not the case for Dylan.
He made 12 of the 24 shots he attempted and 13 of the 15 free throws he was given. Along with that, he tied the team-high for steals at three and had the second-most rebounds at seven. An all-around team player.
“I can bring a little bit of everything,” O’Hearn told The Portal Report.
That’s just the guy that O’Hearn is, he brings everything. His numbers may not be the highest, but he’s a team player. That’s something that Jacksonville has built its program on, making the conference tournament finals with seven players averaging over 7.9 points. Most of them are expected to return this upcoming season.
“Add to what they already have established. They’re a good program. They went 21-10 this year,” O’Hearn said, “I feel like I can get them over that next hump and hopefully win a conference championship.”
The Dolphins haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 1986 but do have a Final Four banner in their gym, making it in 1970. With this piece added to the equation, they can definitely get over the hump. I mean, O’Hearn did pick them over the likes of Louisiana Tech, Rice, and St.John’s.