USD lands Iowa transfer

Trey Dickerson
Trey Dickerson

BY JEREMY HOECK
jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

Trey Dickerson will finally get his chance to play for Craig Smith and in the process will reunite with his former junior college coach.

Dickerson, a 6-foot guard from New York and former member of the University of Iowa men’s basketball team, announced Monday night that he will transfer to the University of South Dakota.

A former top-ranked junior college point guard, Dickerson will redshirt the 2015-16 season with the Coyotes and will then have two seasons of eligibility with Smith – who had originally tried to recruit Dickerson to Nebraska while Smith was an assistant in Lincoln.

“In my next decision, I wanted to go somewhere where I could trust the staff, and they believed in me,” Dickerson told the Press & Dakotan on Monday night.

“It’s definitely nice to have a fresh start.”

Dickerson spent the 2013-14 season at Williston State (North Dakota) where he was a standout point guard for coach Eric Peterson, who is now an assistant at USD. Dickerson averaged 2.7 points in 15 games last season at Iowa.

He then attracted interest from a number of high major Division I programs, such as Clemson, Ole Miss and Seton Hall, as well as Iona. Dickerson eventually, though, decided on USD.

“It wasn’t really that heard, just because of the connections I had,” he said.

Dickerson will join a Coyote program coming off a 17-win campaign, with a Summit League tournament victory, in Smith’s debut season.

“I feel like they’re an up and comer,” he said. “Coach Smith did a great job last yearand it’s only going to keep getting better.”

Dickerson’s first season (2016-17) as an eligible player will also mark USD’s first season in its new 6,000-seat arena. And yes, that played a factor, Dickerson said.

“I like the old dome too, but getting to play in the new arena will be a fresh start,” he said.

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