Dickerson Setting Up Officials

Williston State College point guard Trey Dickerson (6-1, 180) and Connors State forward Willie Atwood (6-8, 220) will visit Arkansas together before the April 16-May 21 spring signing period.

Williston State College point guard Trey Dickerson would much rather be playing basketball this weekend, but the North Dakota junior college hoops standout will instead start taking his official visits.

Dickerson, originally from Queens, N.Y., will begin his trek with a trip to Iowa with trips to Arkansas and Nebraska to follow and possibly a couple of others.

"I know I am going to go to Iowa this weekend and I am also going to go to Arkansas and Nebraska," Dickerson said. "I probably also visit UAB since I was going there earlier and it got canceled by the weather.

"The fifth one – if I take it – is really up in the air," Dickerson added. "St. Louis and Washington both offered today so I will just have to think about the fifth one."

The trip to Arkansas will happen after his buddy – Connors State forward Willie Atwood (6-8, 220) – finishes up his season.

Atwood, just named the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and Region II player of the year, is playing in the region tournament this week as Connors State tries to advance to the national tournament March 17-22 in Hutchinson, Kan.

"Arkansas wants to bring both of us in at the same time, put its best foot forward with both of us and try to get it wrapped up so both of us will be Razorbacks," Dickerson said. "So we'll see what happens with his team and then both of us will come there at the same time.

"The Arkansas coaches have made it clear just how close they are to being a great team and think that adding us to the guys they have there and the ones coming in will put them over the top," Dickerson added. "I'm going to be talking to Coach Anderson and Coach Watkins later this week to try and set something up because they are going to have the NCAA Tournament to deal with also."

The spring signing period runs from April 16-May 21.

Dickerson, who will be a sophomore with three years of eligibility at his next stop, is a true point guard and averaged 19.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds this season for the Tetons (27-6).

Atwood is averaging 21 points per game and 9 rebounds per game for Connors (22.6) while hitting 57.2 percent from the field and 77.1 percent from the free throw line – where he has been a whopping 332 times this season.

Arkansas, which has won seven of its last eight games, has made it clear to Dickerson how much he and Atwood are wanted and needed.

"Look how great they have been playing without a true point guard," Dickerson said. "They want to move (Rashad) Madden over to the two and let me and (Arkansas signee) Anton Beard run the point and go all out all the time.

"Arkansas has some great players coming back like Michael Qualls, who can go get any pass, and Bobby Portis, who is versatile 6-10 guy that is just going to be a great, great player," Dickerson added.

"I've been watching them play on TV and they've been playing great and I just think about what it would be like if they have me to run the point and Willie, too," Dickerson continued. "I think we could just really be something special."

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