Junior college point guard Trey Dickerson waited several months for a scholarship offer from Iowa, so he figured he could wait one more night.
Dickerson’s wait finally ended Thursday morning when Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called to offer him a scholarship.
McCaffery watched Dickerson play for his Williston State College team in North Dakota on Wednesday night, but they only spoke briefly after the game because McCaffery was in a hurry to catch a flight back home. McCaffery didn’t offer Dickerson a scholarship Wednesday, but told Dickerson that he would call him the next morning.
“I was thinking he was going to offer me in person last night,” Dickerson said Thursday afternoon in a telephone interview. “But then when he told me he’d call me first thing in the morning, I kind of figured that he would offer me in the morning.”
Dickerson said he isn’t ready to make a commitment until he learns more about the schools he is most seriously considering, which includes Iowa, Nebraska and Alabama-Birmingham. He has been offered a scholarship by all three schools and is also hearing from Purdue, Arizona State and Washington State, among others.
The 6-foot-1 Dickerson had to postpone a recruiting trip to UAB that was scheduled for Thursday because of adverse weather conditions. He is trying to reschedule his trip to UAB and also wants to visit Nebraska and possibly two more schools before making a decision.
Dickerson is averaging 19.9 points and 5.9 assists per game this season. He is shooting 47.8 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from 3-point range.
Dickerson has promoted himself as being a package deal with his good friend and fellow junior-college recruit Willie Atwood, who also has a scholarship offer from Iowa and from several other Division I programs, including Florida State and Wichita State. Atwood is a 6-8, 215-pound power forward at Connors State Community College in Oklahoma.
“We talk about it every night,” Dickerson said of playing together with Atwood in college. “We’re very serious about it.”
Iowa assistant coach Andrew Francis has been the lead recruiter for Dickerson. Dickerson said Francis was influential in getting McCaffery to offer both him and Atwood scholarships.
Dickerson said Francis saw that he and Atwood were tweeting about playing together in college and took action.
“Once coach Francis heard that we wanted to go to the same school together, he really jumped on it,” Dickerson said. “He really got coach McCaffery to jump on it quickly.”
Dickerson and Francis are originally from New York City and know many of the same people. Dickerson also has family members who are familiar with McCaffery dating back to his time as head coach at Siena from 2005-10.
Combine those connections with McCaffery’s desire to play up-tempo and Iowa has a lot that stands out to Dickerson.
“I definitely love the style and coach McCaffery and coach Francis are really good guys,” Dickerson said. “They’re like an older brother and father-type figure. They’re straight-up. They’re honest. And they know what’s best for me. They tell me what I need to work on to become a better player.”
Iowa already has two point guards on the current roster in sophomores Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons. Gesell also has played shooting guard for the Hawkeyes.
“I think I could help by being another ball handler who can create off the dribble and set guys up,” said Dickerson, who will have three seasons of eligibility. “I can pressure with on-ball defense full-court and I can score when they need me to score.”
McCaffery still has two scholarships remaining for the 2014 recruiting class after signing high school senior forward Dominique Uhl and high school senior shooting guard Brady Ellingson during the early signing period in November. The spring signing period will start in April.
Asked when he hopes to make a decision, Dickerson said: “Probably after I take a few visits. So probably in mid-March or the end of March.”
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