Hawkeyes add junior college point guard

Recruiting always moves to the background as March Madness dominates basketball headlines, but that doesn't mean the grassroots scene becomes entirely devoid of intrigue.

Although they've struggled over the past three weeks, Fran McCaffery's Iowa program has won 20 games this season and remains on track to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes also found time to gain a late Class of 2014 commitment from freshman point guard Trey Dickerson.

As reported by HawkeyeInsider.com and confirmed by Dickerson on his Twitter account, he gave the nod to Iowa during his official visit:

"I'm committing," he said to McCaffery after Iowa's defeat to Illinois on Saturday. "I just told all of the other schools that I'm committing to Iowa and thanks for recruiting me."

Dickerson doesn't play for a traditional, powerhouse juco. Williston State is located in North Dakota and obviously doesn't reside near any major media centers, but Dickerson earned scholarship offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and others thanks to a scoring average of nearly 20 points per game.

Another bonus is that, as a freshman qualifier, he's eligible to play for Iowa next season as a sophomore. A chief problem with junior college recruiting is that programs frequently suffer in their attempts to build continuity — given that most jucos have only two seasons to play Division I — and Dickerson's three years on campus will alleviate that potential issue. Given that he's a point guard, continuity looms particularly important.

Iowa now holds pledges from Dickerson, Brady Ellingson and Dominique Uhl.

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