Highly Regarded Big Man Has AU On Short List

One of the natio's top high school basketball forwards has Auburn in his final choices.

Bennettsville, S.C.--One of the top power forwards in the country and a visitor to Auburn for Midnight Mayhem last weekend has Auburn squarely in his sights with signing day for basketball just around the corner. Big 6-10, 250-pound Ra'Sean Dickey from Malboro County High has offers from just about every major college in the country, but his coach says that he's down to just a pair of colleges and each has a strong shot to land the prized recruit.

Ra'Sean Dickey

"He's down to his last two," Malboro County High Coach Ken Spencer tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's Auburn and Georgia Tech. He's narrowed it down to those two schools and those two are the only two schools that he's taking official visits to this fall."

A four-year starter for Spencer at Malboro County High, Dickey averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and shot 82 percent from the free throw line as a junior. Spencer says that Dickey's complete game is something that makes him a dangerous player for opponents. "He's our leading free throw shooter," Spencer notes. "That's real good because here at the high school level he got fouled a lot. He was able to go to the line and knock some free throws down."

Compared favorably to former Duke star and current NBA standout Elton Brand because of his touch and skill combined with a big, strong frame, Dickey has been attracting attention for several years at Malboro along with playing for the South Carolina Ravens AAU team. Spencer says that North Carolina, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Iowa State, St. John's and Kentucky all expressed interest in a player that has only gotten better with age.

"He's developed his total game," Spencer says. "I think what he does best is play with his back to the basket--that's his forte down in the paint area. He's very strong, has great hands and great post moves. He's also in the last year extended his game to where he can knock down the 15-foot jumper, face the basket and penetrate. He's doing some of those things and on his way to being a complete player."

Spencer says no matter which school Dickey decides on, one thing has been clear to him and that's the diligence and hard work shown by the Auburn coaching staff. With AAU teammate Zam Frederick committed to the Yellow Jackets, the chance that he could join him in Atlanta is a strong one, but Spencer says it's not because of anything Auburn did or didn't do.

"CY, Coach Charlton Young, has done a great job recruiting him," Spencer says. "Whether he gets him or not I don't know, but he's doing a great job recruiting him. They've got a great staff down there. Coach Ellis (Cliff Ellis) and his guys do a class job."

Dickey will have his chance to make more of a name for himself this season with several big-time games against good competition. Marlboro will play in the ‘Slam Dunk At The Beach" Tournament in Delaware, a nationally known tournament. The team also play Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy out of Georgia on January 19, a team that features perhaps the top prospect in the country for next season in Dwight Howard.

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