BY JEREMY HOECK
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.