High major Dajour

The Vantage Hoops South Central Challenge featured its share of promising talents, but few stood on even ground with 6-11, 205-pound big man Dajour Dickens.

Dajour Dickens might be among the better big men to emerge yet from the Class of 2017, but he's highly unlikely to become the best player in his high school's history. A blossoming talent at Hampton (Va.) Bethel, Dickens has a lot to prove if he hopes to attain the status achieved by fellow Bethel product Allen Iverson.

But don't discount Dickens' chances at striking it big. Not only is he 6-11, he boasts long arms and excellent mobility. He runs the floor with loping strides and closes well to finish plays, whether that's throwing down a slam on the break or tracking down an opponent on defense and blocking his shot.

While he needs to gain significant strength and to add polish, Dickens isn't nearly as raw for a young center as you might think. He already can face the rim and hit open 15-foot jump shots, and he also converted one jumphook off the glass that suggests even bigger things down the road.

Dickens is just now beginning to arise nationally, but regional coaches already are well aware of his potential.

"I have offers from Virginia Tech, UVa, Memphis, Delaware State, Temple, ODU, Hampton and Creighton," Dickens said. "And Indiana has talked to my mom."

While his size indicates center as his likely long-term position, Dickens is working hard to incorporate some face-up elements into his game as well.

"I've been working on my jumper and my ballhandling," he said. "I want to be an all-around player. These events have let me know I'm ready."

Dickens toured the travel circuit with the Boo Williams 15-under squad this year and intends to play with the 16s next year. He'll continue to be a priority for college programs and is likely to add to his interest substantially over the next six months.

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