Trey Dickerson has seen the country as a basketball player over the past five or six years.
But followers of the Iowa basketball program are hoping he will stay put for the next three years.
Dickerson, rated the top junior college point guard in the country, signed a letter of intent with the Hawkeyes on Wednesday, following through on a commitment he made nearly six weeks ago.
Dickerson averaged 19.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 29 games at Williston (N.D.) State last season, earning third-team junior college all-American honors and being named the outstanding player in the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference
"We’re thrilled that Trey is joining the program," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "He’s an incredibly talented, quick, and creative point guard who can also score. He’s excellent in transition and can also play in the halfcourt. Trey has great feel for how to play. He’s a perfect fit for our style.”
The 6-foot-1 Dickerson plans to move to Iowa City in June, but he’s taken a long and diverse path to get there. He originally is from Queens, N.Y., where he played for Christ the King High School as a freshman. He moved to Los Angeles prior to his sophomore year and played two seasons at Montclair Prep before that school closed, then played his senior season at Price High School in L.A.
He then spent a year at God’s Academy, a prep school in Dallas, and signed a letter of intent last spring with Murray State. During the summer, he decided he had made a mistake and ended up attending Williston.
He was recruited heavily by several major programs, including Nebraska and Arkansas, but felt right at home during his official visit to Iowa and made a verbal commitment on the spot on March 8.
The Hawkeyes signed two high school recruits — 6-4 Brady Ellingson of Sussex, Wis., and 6-9 Dominique Uhl of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. — during the early signing period and still have two more scholarships they can use this spring.
It is not certain whether they will use one or both scholarships, but they are known to be recruiting 6-7 Willie Atwood of Connors State (Okla.) Junior College. Atwood, also a third-team juco all-American, already has visited Iowa and Florida State and is scheduled to visit Arizona State this weekend.
Atwood and Dickerson became friends while attending AAU camps together and Dickerson has frequently said on Twitter that he hopes to lure Atwood to Iowa City along with him.