Georgia native Noah Dickerson broke through early with multiple high-major scholarship offers. As a sophomore in the 2013 spring, he'd drawn invitations from Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia. From the beginning, he appeared to be a regional major center prospect.
Dickerson competed as a junior for Kevin Boyle's Montverde (Fla.) program, playing at numerous high-profile events. His performances tended to be uneven, and thus scouts (and coaches) generally hadn't formed a consensus on him heading into spring.
He committed to Georgetown this past May and projected to give the Hoyas a needed post scoring threat.
But the commitment didn't hold up for more than a few weeks. By late June Dickerson was back on the market, and during the July period he drew eyeballs from multiple coaching staffs.
He played well in July and dispelled many of the concerns about his trajectory. His post-summer ranking is No. 66 nationally, and he appears on pace to enjoy a banner senior campaign.
He also ultimately decided to stay within the region for college, choosing Florida in mid-August.
Dickerson possesses a power scorer's body and does a good job rooting himself in the post and delivering exactly the way he should. He possesses nimble feet and turns very well over either shoulder into hooks and short bank shots, exactly the weapons that will serve him best from an efficiency standpoint at the next level.
He uses his ample, 250-pound body to seal off on the backboards as well, and he whips a nice outlet pass to initiate the fast break. He plays a little taller than his 6-8 frame due to long arms, blocking the occasional shot and finishing over shotblockers himself better than one might expect.
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While his game may lack sizzle, the absence of bad plays swings the pendulum in Dickerson's favor. Even if he lacks dynamic offensive talent or a modern big man's perimeter-capable game, his penchant for staying within himself should enable him to earn early playing time in Gainesville.
Moreover, having struggled with conditioning in the past, Dickerson has improved his stamina and the results are clear. He's running the court better and generally has become more active on a play-by-play basis.
Obviously, at 6-8, Dickerson lacks anything close to ideal size for center. He should be okay in college, however, as it projects as more of a limiting factor in the longer time.
Meanwhile, he also isn't a great athlete. Dickerson runs better now but still doesn't meet anyone's definition of a leaper, and thus he can be bothered by length more than most other centers. Thankfully, he does possess coping tools already in the form of his hook shot and general post acumen.
Two modes of thought need to be fleshed out there. For Florida, and given that college basketball represents the crux of our work here at Scout.com, Dickerson projects as an early contributor and eventual starter, likely for at least two seasons. During that time he'll give the team a physical defensive and rebounding presence along with capable post offense.
Thought No. 2 pertains to the NBA. Greater question marks exist for Dickerson at that level given his measurables, but of course he has years before he'll have to confront that issue and has time to add the wrinkles he'll need to play at that level.
He's clearly an outstanding get for the Gators and one of the better big men in the Class of 2015.