Two good things came out of Saturday night for the Iowa basketball team: The Hawkeyes picked up a third recruit for next season and their first recruit for the following year.
Junior college point guard Trey Dickerson, who was in attendance at Iowa’s 66-63 loss to Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, announced via Twitter after the game that he has verbally committed to the Hawkeyes. And Chicago De La Salle junior Brandon Hutton, who also was at the game, announced Sunday that he, too, will be joining the Hawkeyes in the fall of 2015.
The 6-foot-1 Dickerson currently attends Williston State (N.D.) Community College, where he averaged 19.8 points and 5.7 assists per game this season.
He joins high school recruits Brady Ellingson of Sussex, Wis., and Dom Uhl of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., both of whom signed letters of intent with the Hawkeyes in November. Dickerson can not sign until April 16. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Hutton, an athletic 6-6 forward, will not be able to sign a letter of intent until November.
Dickerson told HawkeyeInsider.com that he loved everything about his visit, especially the atmosphere inside Carver-Hawkeye. Following the game in the disconsolate Iowa locker room, he told head coach Fran McCaffery that the recruiting battle was over. He was coming to Iowa.
“He have me a hug ... for like five minutes,’’ Dickerson said.
Dickerson originally is from South Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., where he played for powerhouse Christ the King High School. With the help of former NBA player and current TNT broadcaster Kenny Smith, he moved to Los Angeles and attended Montclair Prep. After that school closed its athletic programs, Dickerson played at Price High School in Los Angeles, then spent last year in prep school at God’s Academy in Dallas.
He signed a letter of intent with Murray State last spring and attended summer classes there, then decided he was not happy with the situation. He was granted a release from his scholarship and enrolled at Williston.
He had firm offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Arkansas, St. Louis and many others, but there also was interest from many other big-time programs, including UNLV, Creighton, Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Kansas State and UCLA.
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Dickerson has said on Twitter that he would like to attend the same school as Willie Atwood, a 6-7 forward at Connors State (Okla.) Junior College. He told HawkeyeInsider.com that he will attempt to make that happen now.
"I think the chances are high that we get him, especially now that I've committed here," Dickerson said. "He knows he's wanted here."
Hutton just had his high school season end Friday night when De La Salle lost to Chicago Whitney Young in a Class 4A regional championship game.
He chose the Hawkeyes over Wisconsin, West Virginia and a handful of mid-major programs that offered him scholarships. His coach with the Illinois Stars AAU team, Mike Cieperski, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he regards Hutton as the “best defender in the state/country.’’