Former Hoya Trey Dickerson begins his second professional season in Croatia

By Tom Ballato @thenextprospect

Trey Dickerson, a native from Queens, New York began his collegiate career at Williston State College (junior college) in North Dakota. He was named NJCAA All-America while averaging 19.7 points and 5.6 assists per game on 47.5% shooting.

After a stellar freshman year, Dickerson transferred to Iowa.

He played just one season for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He appeared in just 15 games and averaged 2.7 points and 1.2 assists per game. Dickerson announced he was transferring from Iowa. When asked about the reasoning for his transfer, he said, “It honestly wasn’t a good fit for me.”  Iowa presented things differently on his recruiting visit and the fit just wasn’t there, but Dickerson found his next opportunity.

South Dakota was his next destination. What made South Dakota the right fit? His junior college coach got an assistant coaching job at South Dakota. The relationship and trust were there. He sat out in 2015-2016 as per NCAA rules. He worked on all aspects of his game while sitting out. “I did a lot of individual skill work especially my redshirt year. I sat out with Matt Mooney, who played at Texas Tech this year.”

In 2016-2017, Dickerson started in all 34 games for South Dakota. He averaged 10.4 points and 2.8 assists per game. The team had a good season and Dickerson got to display his full game, but at the end of the season, Dickerson was on the move again. He spent two years at South Dakota and had nothing but great things to say about the program. “It was great. It was special. Everyone was really close and it was real family oriented. Our coaching staff did a lot, putting a bunch of time into us and making sure we were well prepared to succeed.”

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Trey Dickerson during his time with the Georgetown Hoyas.

Dickerson was a graduate transfer and would be immediately eligible anywhere he decided to go. He was ready to play at a higher level with offers from Michigan, Memphis, DePaul, Seton Hall and Georgetown. “Our coaching staff (at South Dakota) actually was thinking of leaving and that’s when I went full throttle with playing at a higher level.”

Patrick Ewing was named head coach at Georgetown and Dickerson was the first recruit he reached out to. Ewing and Trey established a connection and he committed to play his final season at Georgetown. Dickerson played in a reserve role for Ewing and in 27 games off the bench, he averaged 4.4 points and 2.1 assists per game.

While his time in Georgetown was only one season, Dickerson enjoyed playing in the Garden and main arenas in college basketball. He got a chance to play at a higher school level in the Big East and still maintains a close relationship with Patrick Ewing.

After the close of his collegiate career, he began his professional career overseas. In his first year, he played in Cyprus, Venezuela, and South Korea. This past summer, Dickerson worked out with the New York Knicks for an Exhibit 10 deal and had some interest from NBA teams to play for their G-League affiliates. Dickerson said, “(With) the Knicks I was working out for an Exhibit 10, but they were real guard heavy already with their signings.”

While the interest is there for the young point guard, he signed and is prepared to play this in Croatia. He is playing for KK Jazine Arbanasi, where he is the team’s starting point guard. As for his role, he will be asked to create opportunitites for his teammates and score.

 

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