In recent weeks the Tigers have been linked with Simmons’ Each 1 Teach 1 summer teammates Alex Owens and Antonio Blakeney, the latter still very much in play for the purple and gold. But now LSU is making inroads on one of Simmons’ prep teammates at Montverde Academy – 2015 four-star power forward Noah Dickerson.
The 6-foot-8, 245-pound big man, who transferred into Montverde from the Atlanta area last season, told TSD Simmons is constantly in his ear about joining him in Baton Rouge.
“All the time, all the time,” Dickerson said of Simmons’ hard sell. “He really just tells me about how he and I would play together in college. In high school, during this last basketball season, we really weren’t playing on the same team during practice. But at the end of the school year when we were just playing in open gym, we were playing on the same team and that combination was just so deadly. It was really, really hard to stop me and Ben. That’s what we talk about mostly, about how well we would play together in college.”
According to Dickerson, LSU has been in contact with him for some time but his offer was cemented this weekend when he made an inquiry of the staff.
“It wasn’t one of those things where they just came out and told me I had it,” recalled Dickerson. “I just happened to finally ask if I had one, and they told me yes. So I guess you could say I got it this weekend.”
It will come as no surprise that David Patrick, Simmons’ godfather, is LSU’s lead recruiter on Dickerson. “DP, I know a lot about him because Ben was my roommate back at Montverde,” explained Dickerson. “I used to see him a lot because he’s related to Ben and all that. I really didn’t know everything, but Ben just told me so much about him and he seemed like a really great guy. He talks to me all the time now.”
Dickerson even spent some time with the well-traveled Simmons yesterday while the native Australian was celebrating a big day.
“I was actually just with him yesterday. He was in Atlanta for his (18th) birthday, so I got to see him for a little while,” Dickerson said. “Ben and I are really, really good friends, especially since we roomed together last year. We also are playing very well together – very, very well actually. That would be a combo I might want to play with in college. He’s a great player.”
Not long ago Dickerson committed and then decommitted from Georgetown, a decision he broke down for TSD while also shining light on what’s criteria are important to him in his collegiate decision.
“It was kinda early,” leveled Dickerson. “I realized I had taken a lot of visits up to Georgetown and knew Georgetown like the back of my hand, but I really didn’t get a chance to look at other schools like I’d looked at Georgetown. So I really didn’t know what all I liked because I hadn’t gotten a chance to take other visits. Also I’ve been to public schools and I’ve been to private schools and I like both, but I’ve always liked public schools a lot more. I like more people. I like having a nice big community.
“Then, in the Princeton offense, their four man is more of a stretch four, and I’m more of a four that likes to post up and do things like that. But I’m not a center. I’m not tall enough, I’m only 6-8. So I’d rather not have to guard a center and play the center position in college.”
As a brief follow-up on what he’s looking for, Dickerson added, “Also the relationship I have with the coaches is important. Academics is a big thing, too. I’d like to study something to do with business or finance or accounting. And then the style of play.”
For now Dickerson said it’s “too early to tell” which schools he’ll visit. That’s a decision he plans to make when he returns to Montverde from Atlanta at the end of the summer. As for a final decision Dickerson is set on signing in the late period.