USD lands Iowa transfer

Trey Dickerson
Trey Dickerson


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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