NORTH LIBERTY —
As point guards on the Iowa basketball team, Anthony Clemmons and Trey Dickerson will compete for playing time on a daily basis next season.
Before that, though, they’ll compete for a Prime Time League championship July 31.
Clemmons and Dickerson both helped their teams advance to the title game by scoring 24 and 15 points, respectively, in their semifinal victories Thursday at the North Liberty Community Center.
Dickerson then met with reporters afterward and discussed the comments that Clemmons made a week earlier that Dickerson was getting too much hype as he enters the program. Clemmons also said Dickerson wouldn’t be able to replace all-Big Ten guard Devyn Marble, who used up his eligibility this past season.
“They didn’t really surprise me, I look at it more like he was looking out for me, trying to take the pressure off of me and everything,” Dickerson said. “I don’t look at is as a negative at all.
“We both want to play a lot. But everybody wants to play a lot. That’s everybody’s goal when they come to college. I’m not really looking at it as a bad thing.”
Dickerson signed a letter of intent with Iowa in April after playing his freshman season at Williston College in North Dakota where he averaged nearly 20 points per game. Expectations for Dickerson have soared since he picked the Hawkeyes.
“How can you have such high expectations for somebody who hasn’t even played in a game yet?” Clemmons asked reporters July 17. “It’s not like Trey is going to come out here and replace what Devyn did.
“I love Trey’s game, no disrespect towards him. That’s my man. But I feel like the expectations are a little bit too high for him and that puts a lot of pressure on him.”
Dickerson said Clemmons called him the same night that he made the comments to explain what he meant.
“He didn’t want me feeling that type of weight,” Dickerson said. “So he called me and he basically told me where he was coming from and what he really meant.”
Dickerson has become popular with Hawkeye fans on social media. He also is considered a key recruit because he helped to compensate for high school all-America point guard Tyler Ulis signing with Kentucky over Iowa in November.
“There are a lot of high expectations, but I’m always going to expect the most out of myself,” Dickerson said. “So I look at it and I read it. But I don’t let it get to me. I’m just looking to find my role.”
Dickerson described his new team as being close away from the basketball court. He moved to Iowa City in late June and will have three seasons of eligibility.
“We’re all real cool,” Dickerson said. “We’re all like brothers. We hang out after workouts, before workouts. Whenever we have free time we all hang out with each other.”
Dickerson said he appreciates the fact that Clemmons, who will be a junior next season, called him soon after making the comments to explain himself rather than let it fester.
“It was kind of good thing,” Dickerson said. “He just told me what he really meant. I understood it and I definitely respected it. And I definitely feel good that he tried to look out for me.”
Dickerson and Clemmons also have junior-to-be Mike Gesell to compete with at point guard. Gesell started all 33 games at point guard for Iowa last season, making it his position to lose at this point.
Clemmons started 13 games at point guard as a freshman, but he struggled last season and eventually fell out of coach Fran McCaffery’s rotation.
“The best players are going to play,” Dickerson said. “The main thing is finding the right players to win a game. It’s all about winning games. It’s bigger than Anthony and me.”
Dickerson said he hasn’t met with any of the Iowa coaches to discuss Clemmons’ comments, nor does he feel there is a need to have a meeting.
“The coaches didn’t get involved because they all knew he was just looking out for me,” Dickerson said.
As for playing against the 6-foot-1 Clemmons next Thursday, the 6-1 Dickerson said he’ll approach it like he does every game.
“Every game motivates me,” Dickerson said. “So when I’m out there playing I’m always going to play hard no matter who it’s against.”
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