Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Junior college PG embraces Arkansas' style of play
Junior college point guard Trey Dickerson, who picked up a scholarship offer from Arkansas on Friday, has several reasons for his strong interest in the Hogs.
“They play an up and down style of play which is basically my best style,” Dickerson said. “Coach (Mike) Anderson is a legendary coach. He’s well respected. He gets guys to the next level.
Dickerson, 6-0, 178 pounds, of Williston State College in North Dakota, also reports scholarship offers from Washington State, Nebraska, Iowa, Boise State and Western Kentucky. He’s helped the Tetons to a 26-5 record heading into tonight’s first round of the Region XIII playoffs.
He’s kept tabs on the Hogs during the season and is well informed on the personnel.
“Whenever I can catch a few games,” said Dickerson, who’s averaging 19.9 points and 5.7 assists. “They have a nice team with Bobby Portis, Michael Qualls and others. Anthlon (Bell) can knock down shots. They definitely have a nice team.”
Dickerson described his skill set.
“They’re going to see a real quick guard that can get to the basket find the open guys in the right spots for them to score,” he said. “I’m real athletic. Basically come in and lead. I can beat guys off the dribble, find the right guys. I can knockdown the open shot, really get my teammates involved. I like to get a lot of assists.”
Dickerson played at Price High School in Los Angeles and averaged 14 points and 8 assists and then attended prep school at God’s Academy in Dallas, where he averaged 23 points and 8 assists in 2012-2013. He told Anderson he plans to make an official visit to Arkansas.
“He told me he wanted me to check things out in person,” said Dickerson, who has three years of eligibility at his new school. “He was telling me how great the people are and he wanted me to see it firsthand. As soon as I’m done with the season, we’ll find a date like ASAP and get down to Fayetteville and check everything out.”
He’s looking for a list thing in his next school.
“Basically the style of play,” Dickerson said. “The situation I’m coming into being able to come in and help right away. That’s going to be the main key. My relationship with the head coach and assistant coaches I just want to go to a school that I can help win. I want to go try and try to help help them win and go to the tournament and make things happen.”
Anderson is also interested in Dickerson’s development off the court.
“He told me not only does he want to make me a better player, but also grow up and be a better man,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson and another Arkansas target, power forward Willie Atwood, 6-8, 220, of Connor State College in Warner, Okla. are good friends.
“Willie Atwood and I talk about Arkansas and Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona State,” Dickerson said. “All of the schools that are recruiting us. He and I really want to play together in college. If it’s the best fit for both of us we’ve both said we’ll make it happen.”