Former CU quarterback Shane Dillon is headed back to Colorado — to play basketball at Metro State University.
Former CU quarterback Shane Dillon is headed back to Colorado — to play basketball at Metro State University. (CLIFF GRASSMICK / Daily Camera)

Shane Dillon left Colorado and the Buffs' football program in the summer of 2013.

Nearly a year later, he's headed back to the Centennial state, but as a forward for the Metro State University basketball team. Dillon announced the news on Twitter, "After a long journey Im (sic) proud to say that I'm going to be playing basketball at Metro State University next fall ...??􀀠#HeadedBackToCO !!!"

Dillon played on season at Cuyamaca College, a community college in California. There he averaged 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

At Metro State, Dillon will join a team coming off an appearance in the Division II national semifinals. The Roadrunners were ranked No. 1 when they were upset by Central Missouri, 71-69, on a last-second bucket. The Roadrunners, a perennial power in Division II, finished the season with a 32-2 record.

When the 6-foot-5 Dillon left the Buffs last season, he said it was because basketball was his first love.

"I always kind of felt my decision that I had to play football was forced upon me a little bit," Dillon said at the time. "People told me I had to make a decision by the end of my junior year between football and basketball because quarterbacks all seemed to commit pretty early. Basketball has always been my passion, and even though I really enjoyed my year here, I felt the time is now for me to make the change."



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