Four-star power forward Noah Dickerson’s trip through the recruiting process has been an interesting one, as the Monteverde Academy product first committed to Georgetown before deciding to reopen his recruitment. The 6-foot-8 Dickerson would then commit to and sign with Florida, only to see head coach Billy Donovan move on to the NBA.
The lone member of Florida’s recruiting class to decide not to head to Gainesville, Dickerson announced Thursday night that he’s decided to join Lorenzo Romar’s program at Washington. Dickerson announced the news via his Twitter account, and he joins a team that will be very young in 2015-16.
Dickerson is the seventh freshman in Washington’s Class of 2015 recruiting haul, with junior college transfer Malik Dime and Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe being the other additions. Atewe will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.
In the post Washington won’t have a player who’s played Division I basketball in its rotation next season. Dime played at Indian Hills CC, with freshmen Dickerson, Marquese Chriss and Devinir Duruisseau rounding out the group. Washington will have some experience at the three, with senior Quevyn Winters and sophomore Donaven Dorsey back, but those two and senior point guard Andrew Andrews are the only eligible scholarship players on the roster who played at the Division I level a season ago.
Dickerson has the size and talent needed to help the Huskies inside, and he’ll need to in what shapes up to be a very important year for the program.
Four-star 2015 power forward to visit Cal, Texas and Washington
Dickerson told Hummer that Washington and Shaka Smart (when he was at VCU) had both previously recruited him. Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin had not. But Martin’s incoming recruiting class headlined by five-star wing Jaylen Brown and five-star power forward Ivan Rabb, has sparked Dickerson’s interest.
Dickerson says he’d like to make a decision in the next three weeks, in order to enroll in summer courses.
The biggest story on the recruiting trail for the last week has been what will happen to Florida’s talented, four-man recruiting class now that Mike White has taken over for Oklahoma City-bound Billy Donovan.
And it appears we have answers for three of the four.
On Wednesday morning, Russ Wood of Florida’s Rivals site reported that Kevarrius Hayes had met with Mike White and will honor his commitment to Florida. Hayes is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Live Oak, Florida, that is ranked the No. 149 recruit in the country, according to Rivals.
But as of now, Hayes appears to be the only recruit currently planning on staying with Florida. Noah Dickerson, a powerful, 6-foot-9 big man that played his high school ball at IMG Academy, asked for his release on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Talented shooting guard KeVaughn Allen has not officially asked for a release from his letter of intent yet, but all signs point towards Allen looking to attend a school other than Florida.
Dickerson is the No. 81 recruit in the country, per Rivals. Allen, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, is the No. 67 player in the class.
That leaves 6-foot-7 small forward Keith Stone, the No. 94 player in the class. Stone is a Florida native that seemingly had his sights set on playing for the Gators. He is scheduled to meet with White at some point this week to discuss his future with the program.
Keeping Stone committed is a key for white, as his program is down five players from what they were expected to have as of the end of the 2014-15 season. Michael Frazier and Chris Walker both decided to enter the NBA Draft while Eli Carter opted to transfer.
There are still pieces on the roster, however. Kasey Hill is a former top ten that will be joined in the back court by promising sophomore Chris Chiozza. Throw in former five-star recruit Devin Robinson and quality veterans like Alex Murphy and Dorian Finney-Smith, and the Gators should still be relevant in the SEC.
Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, Noah Dickerson changes his mind, Tyler Dorsey sets two official visits and cuts his list and Landry Shamet is down to four.
Noah Dickerson to Florida shows how timetables can change
Georgia native and Class of 2015 big man Noah Dickerson was originally committed to Georgetown, but backed off of his commitment in late June. When the No. 56 overall prospect in Rivals‘ 2015 rankings spoke with CBT in late July at AAU Nationals in Louisville, he mentioned that he would make a spring decision. After previously being committed, it was understandable that Dickerson wanted to wait and make a decision since he was probably behind on the recruiting process and wanted to make sure he made the right choice the second time around.
Which made the 6-foot-8 Dickerson’s commitment to Florida last week so surprising. Not only were the Gators able to convince Dickerson to pledge before his initial timeframe, they weren’t even on Dickerson’s core list as of a month ago. Dickerson mentioned to NBCSports.com in July that Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan and Virginia were the four schools involved with him the most and Florida made quick work to nab a big man that happened to be playing his high school ball in their state at Montverde Academy.
It goes to show how one school jumping in the mix and making a hard push can really change things in the recruiting process, even if a prospect seems set on abiding by a certain timeframe.
Tyler Dorsey sets two official visits while cutting his list to 10
As one of the better guards in the 2015 class, California native Tyler Dorsey has been a coveted prospect since decommitting from Arizona in June. According to his grassroots coach, Dinos Trigonis, Dorsey has a new list of 10 schools while also setting two official visits.
Trigonis told NBCSports.com that the 6-foot-4 Dorsey, a five-star prospect according to Rivals, will visit Oregon from September 5th through the 7th while he trips to Kansas from the 10th through the 12th of October.
Besides the Ducks and Jayhawks, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Georgetown, Louisville, St. John’s, UConn and UNLV are also involved.
Although Dorsey transferred high schools and will finish out his career at Maranatha, he played in the same backcourt as UConn incoming freshman wing Daniel Hamilton last season at St. John Bosco, so that’s something to keep tabs on as Dorsey sets further visits and potentially cuts his list again.
Under-the-radar shooter sets his final four
It’s been mentioned many times on CBT that the 2015 class is greatly lacking guards and shooters. It’s part of the reason why three-star prospect Landry Shamet has become a coveted prospect.
The Kansas City native took to Twitter on Monday to announce that he’s down to Colorado, Illinois, Kansas State and Wichita State.
Officially cut my list to 4. Will be taking officials to all 4. Thank you to everyone who's supported me so far!! pic.twitter.com/esbb5YxwoU
At 6-foot-4, Shamet has good size to play the two-guard and flew a bit under-the-radar nationally on the grassroots circuit, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up after his four official visits.
On Sunday, Noah Dickerson became the third player in the Class of 2015 to commit to Florida. Jeff Borzello of CBS Sportsfirst reported the news, which was followed Dickerson’s announcement via Twitter a few minutes later.
Excited to say I have committed to the University of Florida #GatorNation 🐊🐊
The 6-foot-8 Dickerson is a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 56 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 by Rivals. He joins four-star shooting guard KeVaughn Allen and three-star power forward Kevarrius Hayes in the Gators current recruiting class.
That class will be joined by South Florida transfer John Egbunu, who transferred to Florida back in May. The 6-foot-10 center will sit out next season, but will have three years of eligiblity remaining. He averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in his lone season with the Bulls.
Dickerson, the Monteverde Academy (Florida) product, was originally a Georgetown commit, but decided to reopen his recruitment back in late June. The Hoyas recruiting class had a verbal commitment from top 100 power forward Marcus Derrickson, and its incoming freshman class was front court heavy with the likes of Isaac Copeland, Paul White and L.J. Peak joining the program this season.
This summer in the Nike EYBL, Dickerson averaged 14.2 points, 8.4 points and 1.0 blocks per game for the Georgia Stars.
It simply seems like the Hoyas have too many talented front-court players in the same class, and with the July live evaluation period coming, Dickerson probably wanted to see which coaches would pay attention to him in July.
In 12 games with the Georgia Stars in the Nike EYBL this spring, Dickerson averaged 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and shot 53 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free-throw line. Dickerson also plays his high school ball at national basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy in Florida.
At 255 pounds, Dickerson is a lot to handle on the interior and he’s one of the better back-to-the-basket players in the class. He should receive plenty of recruiting attention in the next few weeks.