Based on the student-athletes high on the University of Iowa’s recruiting list, coach Fran McCaffery and the rest of the coaching staff has decided to search for a quick fix when it comes to replacing departed seniors Roy Devyn Marble, Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe.
The first part of that fix came Wednesday when the Hawkeyes got a National Letter of Intent from junior college All-American Trey Dickerson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Queens, N.Y, according to a press release sent out by the University of Iowa on Wednesday.
Dickerson, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, is the third recruit in the 2014 class. He played one year of prep basketball at God’s Academy in Texas and then became a third-team NJCAA All-American in his one year at Williston State College in North Dakota. Dickerson led the Tetons to a 27-6 record.
"We’re thrilled that Trey is joining the program," said McCaffery. "He’s an incredibly talented, quick, and creative point guard who can also score. He’s excellent in transition and can also play in the half court. Trey has great feel for how to play. He’s a perfect fit for our style.”
Dickerson averaged nearly 20 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 29 contests last year. He is rated as the top point guard and the 10th overall prospect in the junior college ranks, according to 247sports. Aside from his third-team All-American recognition, Dickerson also was the MVP of the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference.
Dickerson will join already signed recruits Brady Ellingson, a 6-4 shooting guard, and Dominque Uhl, a 6-9 forward, on the 2014-15 Iowa roster.
Since Dickerson committed to the Hawkeyes he has been an active recruiter for the program. He is trying to lure fellow junior college star Willie Atwood to Iowa City and will likely played a role in trying to recruit Nevada transfer Cole Huff to campus.
Atwood is a 6-8 power forward from Connors State College. He has offers right now from Iowa, Kansas State, Wichita State, Auburn, Arkansas and Arizona State but Florida State appears to be his favorite after a visit to Tallahassee on April 10. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Atwood is a four-star prospect, according to 247sports.com. He averaged nearly 21 points and nine rebounds and made 77 percent from the line for Connors State this past season.
Huff averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season as a sophomore. He improved more than anyone on the Wolf Pack roster from his freshman year when he averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Huff, who has been restricted to join 45 programs around the country, cited wanting to play at a bigger school and a desire to play closer to home as reasons for his desire to transfer. Iowa is in on Huff even though for the former Nevada standout is from California. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
2014 Iowa Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class
Brady Ellingson G 6-4 181 Sussex, Wis. (Sussex HS)
Dominique Uhl F 6-9 195 Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. (Point Pleasant Beach)
Trey Dickerson G 6-1 180 Queens, N.Y. (God’s Academy/Williston State College)