Dickerson ended up at prep school in California and then Texas. He continued to talk with Iowa throughout the years but the timing never was right for an offer. That changed Thursday morning.
McCaffery called Dickerson, now at Williston (ND) State College, and extended him a scholarship opportunity. The Iowa coach watched him play in person Wednesday night when he scored 21 points in a tough loss.
"When (McCaffrey) got on the phone (Thursday morning) he asked me if I was still chilling down from (Wednesday). I was pretty upset we lost," Dickerson said. "I told him I was. He said, 'I know it's a tough loss but in a league like the Big Ten, if you lose a tough one, you got to move on to the next. You're going to run into a lot of great teams.'"
McCaffery then told the 6-foot point guard that he felt Dickerson could aid the Hawkeyes in doing that.
"He said, 'I just want you to know that I want you to be a part of the Iowa Hawkeye basketball family. You can really help us out," Dickerson said.
Dickerson was scheduled to officially visit UAB Thursday but poor weather canceled the trip. He said he would reschedule that visit and also set officials to Iowa and Nebraska as time allows. All of those schools have offered him scholarships.
"I'll definitely visit those three," Dickerson said. "I talk to the coaches from those schools the most out of everybody."
Dickerson will have three years of eligibility when he transfers to a four-year school. He plans to major in communications.
"(The Iowa offer) means a lot," Dickerson said. "For Coach McCaffery to offer me and them being a top program right now, that's nice. It's great knowing that you could go to a top program and help them win next year."
Dickerson said McCaffery told him he would like to get he and Connors State Power Forward Willie Atwood on a visit together. Atwood, who picked up an Iowa offer on Wednesday, talked about the two JUCO standouts playing together at the next level.
"If we go up there and feel like it's the best fit, then we might be Hawkeyes," Dickerson said.
Dickerson expects he and Atwood to play together at a four-year college.
"I honestly think that it's 100 percent that we go to the same school," Dickerson said. "We talk about it every day. I talk to Willie every night about who is recruiting us and what schools we think are real serious and what coaches we think will help us at the next level the most."
Dickerson is averaging 19.9 points, 5.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals through 24 games this season. He's shooting 47.8 percent from the floor and 68.9 from the line.
Iowa returns point guard Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons next season. They'll be juniors.
"I think I fit in perfectly (at Iowa)," Dickerson said. "You could move Mike to the two when I play point. I could also go to the two when Anthony is in.
"Coach McCaffery said he saw on the film that I really can score and create plays off of the dribble. He thinks I can drive and kick to the shooters on the team, to kick it to (Peter) Jok and (Josh) Oglesby and feed (center Adam) Woodbury. He thinks I fit in perfect with those guys."