Seven-Footer High On Tigers After Visit

Basketball prospect Jordan Dickerson talks about his official visit to check out Tony Barbee's Tigers.

Brooklyn, N.Y.--Jordan Dickerson, a seven-foot, 240-pound center who played on the prep school basketball team at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this past season, took an official visit to Auburn and said the Tigers are his leader as he closes in on making a college choice.

After previously visiting Providence and South Carolina, he said that he might make one more recruiting trip to SMU because that college features Larry Brown as head coach, but said he hasn't decided for sure if he will make that visit to Dallas.

Commenting on his trip to Auburn, Dickerson said, "It was a great visit. I loved being there, I loved the people, the campus. It was great. It is lovely plus the weather is great and the coaching staff is excellent. I couldn't ask for a better coaching staff. It is going to be a hard decision."

Asked if Auburn is his leader. he said, "I could definitely say that."

The center said that he wants to talk over his options with his high school coach, Tiny Morton, who has been a major influence on his life before making his college choice.

Commenting on where Auburn stands after his visit, Dickerson said, "I am not going to lie. Providence and South Carolina were nice, but the Auburn visit had to probably be the best out of the three so far just off the atmosphere, the people."

Dickerson said he liked the "family" atmosphere at Auburn and the feel of the campus with the friendliness of the people. Dickerson said he liked his visit to Auburn so much that he hated to leave on Wednesday morning.

The center said he hit it off with the coaches, including the head man, Tony Barbee. "He is a great coach," the prospect said. "He really explained to me his plans on what he is going to have me come there to do and what he needs from me.

"He said he needs somebody to make a difference in the paint because he had kind of a small lineup last year," Dickerson said. "He said he is looking forward to working with a legit big man."

Dickerson, who is 18 years old, had previously visited South Carolina and Providence and has offers from Dayton, DePaul and South Florida after averaging 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game for a team that posted a 28-2 record.

Asked what the best part of his game is, Dickerson said, "I am real big on defense. I feel as a big man I should specialize in maintaining the court as far as making a difference as far as other teams being able to score. Scoring will come. Scoring is good, but defense wins games."

Auburn has already signed a player from IMG Academy for the 2012-2013 season, Brian  Greene, a combo guard. Dickerson noted that is another reason he is considering the Tigers.

"He kind of made me think coming to Auburn and playing with him would be great," the center said. "Playing with him in Florida we just had a ball playing on the court feeding off of each other."

Dickerson previously played at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York before heading to prep school.

Dickerson noted he hopes to have a decision on his college choice by the end of the month. He pointed out it is tough to tell college coaches no and said, "I want to hurry up and get this over with. It has been a while. It has been hard trying to manage all of the different people calling tell you to come here, come there."


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