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JC point guard schedules Iowa visit this weekend

[ 0 ] March 6, 2014 |

Junior college point guard Trey Dickerson has heard plenty of good things about the Iowa men’s basketball program.

He now finally gets to see and judge for himself.

Dickerson has scheduled an official visit to Iowa for this weekend. He is expected to arrive in Iowa City on Friday morning and stay through Sunday.

“I’m just basically looking to see how being an Iowa basketball player feels, feeling everything out, watching them practice and in shoot-around, bonding with the team and building a relationship with those guys,” Dickerson said Thursday in a telephone interview.

The 6-foot-1 Dickerson attends Williston State College in Williston, N.D. His season ended this past Sunday in the playoffs. Dickerson is now focused on the recruiting process, with Iowa expected to be one of at least three official visits for him.

Dickerson also plans to visit Nebraska and Arkansas, but not until after the junior college playoffs end, he said.

Dickerson said it’s unlikely that he would commit to Iowa before he has a chance to visit Nebraska and Arkansas.

“I want to be able to compare it to other schools,” he said.

Dickerson is eager to attend Iowa’s Big Ten finale against Illinois on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. He figures Hawkeye fans will be out in force based on how receptive they are to him on Twitter.

“I’m expecting a crazy atmosphere at the game,” said Dickerson, who attended a prep school in California and another in Texas before enrolling at Williston State College. “I know the fans show a lot of love on Twitter. So I know in person it’s probably going to be even more crazy.”

Dickerson has been hearing the Iowa sales pitch for quite a while, mostly through his relationship with Hawkeye assistant coach and fellow New York City native Andrew Francis. Dickerson also recently met Iowa coach Fran McCaffery in person and he knows Iowa players Peter Jok and Anthony Clemmons through AAU competition.

Dickerson said he isn’t sure if he would use his other two official visits before making a decision. Recruits are allowed to take five official visits under NCAA rules.

“The other two visits are kind of up in the air,” Dickerson said. “I haven’t decided what other two schools I’m going to visit.”

Dickerson averaged 19.8 points and 5.7 assists per game this season. He made 34.3 percent of his 3-point shots and 68.3 percent of his free throws. He will have three seasons of eligibility at a Division I school.

Dickerson has been outspoken about his wish to play with fellow junior college recruit Willie Atwood at the same Division I school. The 6-8 Atwood also has a scholarship offer from Iowa and recently told HawkeyeInsider.com that he would consider playing with Dickerson at the same Division I school.

However, Atwood said he wouldn’t start scheduling official visits until after the end of his season at Connors State College in Oklahoma. His team had a playoff game scheduled for Thursday night.

“We’re still talking about it,” Dickerson said. “His season is still going on. That’s the only reason he’s not coming to Iowa this weekend.”

McCaffery still has two scholarships available in 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.

The Iowa coaches are prohibited from talking publicly about a specific recruit until the recruit has signed a national letter of intent.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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