Trey Dickerson celebrated his birthday on Monday and he received a pretty good present from Iowa. Hawkeye assistant Coach Andrew Francis made his way to see Dickerson lead his Williston Junior College team to a 94-87 win over North Dakota State College of Science, 97-84.
Dickerson had 19 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals in the victory and was very happy to see an Iowa coach in the building for his birthday performance.
"I was a little worried that Coach Francis wasn't going to make it tonight because he was stuck in the airport in Minnesota, but he made it and it was a great birthday present. It made my day to have him here tonight."
Dickerson said that following the game he spent some time talking with Francis. Both are natives of New York City and a good friend of Coach Francis coached Dickerson in the past, so there is a common bond between them that has led to a very good relationship.
"I really like Coach Francis a lot," Dickerson said. "He gave me some good feedback after the game and said he really liked what he saw from me and I did what he hoped I would do on the floor as far as running the team, creating for my teammates, and scoring when I needed to. He told me he was going to put in a good word for me with Coach McCaffery and then it would be up to him on whether or not Iowa will offer."
While the 6-foot-1 point guard is generating interest from Nebraska, Arkansas, Auburn, UAB, Creighton, Missouri, and Arizona State, it's pretty clear he has a fondness for the Iowa program.
"I really like Iowa a lot," he said. "I really like what they do on offense and I think I could add to that next year. Coach Francis said they need a guy who can come in and create off the dribble and that's what I can do."
While he waits to see if the Hawkeyes will offer, Dickerson indicated that before he would commit anywhere he would like to take an official visit and then make a decision.
"If I get an offer from Iowa, I would probably take an official visit first. I want to get a look at the campus and see what it's like, but the biggest thing for me is I want to go somewhere that has a winning program and Iowa is doing that right now and I think it would be a great situation for me."
Dickerson is currently averaging 20.4 points and 6 assists per game in his freshman season at Williston Junior College. He would have three years of remaining eligibility if he transfers to a D1 school after this season.