2015 Intro: James Dickey

With so many players set to enter the grassroots consciousness this weekend at one of the various live period events, Dickey leapt to a head start a few days ago.

James Dickey doesn't play a starring role for Team Loaded-N.C. He doesn't produce anywhere near the level of a Junior Smith, for example, and he's unlikely ever to be a featured scorer for that strong team.

And yet, he's rounding his game into shape and his recruitment is beginning to follow.

"I have offers from Campbell and Stetson, and DePaul is interested, too," Dickey said.

Those schools became the early pursuers, but they'll receive plenty of company over the next few months. Dickey still may be growing, a late spurt that has enhanced him as a prospect yet also served as a massive hindrance to getting stronger. He said he spends multiple days per week building up his body, but to this point his metabolism refuses to cooperate.

He current projects as a face-up forward, and he possesses the tools to make that work at the Division I college level. He hit a few jump shots at the Southern Jam Fest with a form that suggests eventual consistency, and he's also a long and good athlete. Yes, he suffers from a lack of strength, but he'll gain that naturally. In the meantime, he's focusing on developing his skills.

"I need to work on my midrange game," Dickey said. "That's my biggest weakness."

He has his eyes on a desired collegiate role. Dickey cited himself as a combo forward who'd like to move more toward the wing, if he can make that transition successfully. He's certainly tall enough at 6-8 to play down low as well, and a stretch or hybrid role appears very realistic in the near term.

We'll see plenty more of Dickey during the remainder of spring and summer.

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