"I chose Ole Miss because it felt like it was right for me," Pickett said. "Coach [Bill] Armstrong and coach [Andy] Kennedy have been very committed to me. Coach Armstrong came up here every week and coach Kennedy came up three times and no other coach did that. They just came once and it was only a few that came. That helped me decide to go there."
Pickett, a 6-foot-8 combo forward out of Woodstock (Va.) Massanutten Military Academy, took an official visit to Andy Kennedy's program this past weekend. He also considered Creighton, Rhode Island and a host of other programs.
"The school is way better than what I thought," Pickett said. "It was just way better than I thought it was."
"On the court and everything they were doing, all the guys were serious with it and going hard," he added. "They had a shootaround and all the guys were breaking a sweat and they were getting after it."
Pickett said his relationship with the coaching staff ultimately was a big factor in his decision.
"I have a very strong relationship with coach Armstrong and me and coach Kennedy have a strong relationship too. Me and coach Armstrong talk every day. We talk about everything. If i have a question about school or a question outside of basketball I feel like I can text him."
Pickett is an intriguing prospect that emerged this summer playing with DC Premier. Massanutten coach Chad Myers said he's versatile and that's among his biggest strengths.
"I think he's a multi-dimensional wing," Myers said. "He can play the two or three or even a face up four. He can really shoot it and handle it. He can score and he's really good with the ball in his hands and coming off ball screens. I think his length and athleticism will allow him to guard multiple positions."
Ole Miss now has a trio of pledges in their 2017 recruiting class. Pickett joins four-star point guard Devontae Shuler and three-star wing Parker Stewart to make up their current class.