The courtship reaches back to the summer of 2011. Finally, the two parties may marry.
Iowa Assistant Andrew Francis traveled to North Dakota Monday night to watch Williston College Point Guard Trey Dickerson. Despite a long history of recruiting him, it was the first time in a long time that the Hawkeye coach saw him play in person.
"They saw a lot of film on me from this season," the 6-foot-1, 173-pound JUCO point guard said. "He said Coach Fran (McCaffery) loved the film but he wanted Coach Francis to come see me in person. He said he definitely feels like I can help them out by being another ball handler and creating plays for other guys off the dribble. He said I'm a great break-down player. He thought I could help them out the way they go up and down (the court in transition)."
Dickerson grew up in New York City and moved to Los Angeles to attend Montclair Prep as part of the 2012 recruiting class. His uncle and AAU coach on the East Coach have known McCaffery for years and alerted him to their prospect. The Hawkeyes ended up taking Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons as point guards that year.
Dickerson spent last season at God's Academy in Texas doing post-graduate work. He committed to Murray State from there and attended summer classes at the school before deciding it wasn't the best fit for him. He then chose Williston for a year.
By virtue of enrolling at Murray, Dickerson became subjected to the NCAA's 4-2-4 transfer rule. He said he's on track to graduate from Williston in May thereby giving him three years to play at his next four-year school.
"When Iowa was recruiting me early (last fall), they wanted to see where I would be at academically by January, to see if I was on track to graduate (in May)," Dickerson said. "Once they saw I was on track, they jumped back on me, once they had my transcripts."
Dickerson reports that Florida International, Fordham, Western Kentucky and Boise State have offered him scholarships. Arizona State, UNLV, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas are showing interest, he said.
"I think a lot of the schools are going to be coming to see me in the next month," Dickerson said. "Arkansas said they were going to be here next week. Missouri said they would be up soon and UNLV is trying to work it out, too."
Dickerson and Francis spoke extensively Monday night after Williston knocked off North Dakota State College of Science, 94-87. The freshman notched 19 points in the victory.
"(Francis) said he loved what he saw and he said he would give Coach Fran the good word and it's all on what Coach Fran wants to do now," Dickerson said. "Coach Francis said he didn't know if that meant he was going to offer me of Coach Francis' word or if Coach Fran is going to want to come see me first before going forward."
Dickerson considered visiting Iowa on Sunday for its game against Minnesota but it didn't work out with Williston playing on Monday.
"I think I'll take two, maybe three visits, and then I'm just going to commit from there," Dickerson said. "I'd like to commit by the end of February."
According to the Williston official site, Dickerson is averaging 19.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the 19-4 Tetons. Those statistics do not include Monday's performance.
If Iowa were to offer him and he chose the school, Dickerson would arrive with Gesell and Clemmons each having two years of eligibility.
"I just look at it as I'm just going to bring something different to the table," he said. "Gesell really can shoot the ball well and Clemmons is a real good break-down guy, too. I can help out in other ways like pressuring the ball and creating for other guys on the team.
"Coach Francis said that if I would go there, they could move Mike to the two a little bit and let him score from there."