ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reports that University of Washington power forward Noah Dickerson is making a recruiting visit to the University of Virginia this weekend.
Washington transfer Noah Dickerson tells ESPN he is on a visit to Virginia this weekend.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 7, 2017
Dickerson, a 6’8”, 245-pound sophomore, has been granted a release to seek a transfer from Washington, which fired head coach Lorenzo Romar last month. Borzello reported two days ago that Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami and Baylor had “reached out” to the Atlanta (GA) native. He also reported that Dickerson was open to the possibility of returning to UW, which is now under the direction of former Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.
Cavalier head coach Tony Bennett heavily targeted Dickerson in the 2015 Class. After initially committing to Georgetown, the Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) 4-star recruit signed with Florida in the fall of 2014. However, he asked for and was granted a release from his letter of intent after Billy Donovan left Gainesville to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dickerson then chose Washington.
Dickerson played in 33 games, starting 25 of them, his freshman season with the Huskies. He averaged 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game that season. As a sophomore this past season, Dickerson averaged 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 31 games, scoring in double-digits each of the last 11 games. The standout post recorded six double-doubles his sophomore season.
If he chooses to leave Washington, Dickerson will have to sit out one year due to NCAA transfer rules. He would have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in the 2018/2019 season.
Virginia currently has six scholarships available to use in the 2018/2019 season. Only three of those scholarship players are post players, leaving a clear opportunity for immediate playing time that season. The Cavaliers will also be looking to replace Isaiah Wilkins, who played alongside Dickerson for the Georgia Stars AAU squad in 2013. Wilkins will be a senior this coming season.
In addition to Dickerson, UVA is hosting Rutgers graduate transfer guard Nigel Johnson today and tomorrow.