Saturday's soulcrushing defeat to Illinois wasn't a total loss, after all. Iowa landed the commitment of JUCO point guard Trey Dickerson, who was in town for his official visit.
I AM A HAWKEYE IOWA BOUND !!!— Trey Dickerson (@Dat_boy_TD) March 9, 2014
Originally from Los Angeles, Dickerson received offers from Waskington State, Mississippi State, and some small West Coast programs but ended up at Williston State College in North Dakota. He holds a three-star 247 composite rating, and is the consensus top JUCO point guard recruit in the country and a Top 10 JUCO recruit nationwide. Dickerson held offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Saint Louis, Washington, and a host of mid-major programs. As a JUCO transfer, he can play next season. He enters as a sophomore, and will have three seasons at Iowa.
With Roy Devyn Marble graduating and Anthony Clemmons' role reduced to shutdown perimeter defender, Iowa desperately needed a plug-and-play point guard. Dickerson should fit the bill. He also matches what Iowa looks set to try post-Marble (and what almost every other program in the conference is doing): Use its point guards to penetrate the defense, let that defense collapse, then kick to a variety of slashers and shooters. He is a good enough scorer (he averaged 19.8 ppg at Williston State) and solid enough shooter (54.1% eFG, 35% 3P%) to force a defense to react. From there, it's his vision and the play of his teammates that will matter. A guy like Dickerson isn't particularly well-suited for Iowa's offense with Marble, but he's kick-ass for an offense with Aaron White crashing the lane and Josh Oglesby raining fire from the sky.
So welcome, Trey Dickerson. Glad to have you in black and gold.