Jok, Clemmons Tried to Encourage Dickerson

Iowa guards Anthony Clemmons and Peter Jok experienced the downs that can occur during college basketball careers. They tried to encourage Trey Dickerson to stick it out before the sophomore announced he was leaving the Hawkeyes.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Anthony Clemmons and Peter Jok sat in Trey Dickerson's seat, literally. They felt the frustration of riding the bench just last season.

Jok and Clemmons stayed committed to improving and earned spots in this year's rotation. Dickerson decided that path was not for him.

Iowa announced Monday that Dickerson requested and was granted a release from his scholarship. He lasted less than a season with the Hawkeyes after transferring in from Williston (ND) State College, a JUCO.

Clemmons candidly talked this summer about his consideration to transfer after playing just 11.3 minutes a game last season. He had logged 16.8 a contest the year before as a freshman. He's up to 19.1 in 2014-15.

"I talked to (Dickerson) about it early on. All you can do is just try to stay positive and work everyday and bring it everyday in practice. It's not like coach isn't noticing what you're doing. Most of it is pride but a lot of people can't take stuff like that. He was a strong enough individual. He just said, "I just can't go through it,"" Clemmons said.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Dickerson arrived at Iowa with great anticipation from fans after earning third-team JUCU all-American honors last season. The Queens, N.Y. native gathered a following from the Hawkeye faithful on social media.

Dickerson couldn't break into the Iowa lineup, however, with Clemmons and Mike Gesell returning with two years of point guard experience under their belts. He played in just 15 of 27 games, averaging 2.7 points and 9.7 minutes a contest.

"Whenever you're in a situation like that, you never know where you mind can take you, where your heart can take you," Clemmons said. "I'm surprised a little bit (that Dickerson is transferring) but I could see it coming."

Jok and Dickerson have been friends since attending a high school camp together. The former hosted the latter on his Iowa official visit last spring, during which Dickerson committed to the Hawkeyes.

"I kind of saw it coming. He was kind of going through what I was going through last year. I explained that to him. I guess he didn't want to be patient. But he's my brother. Whatever he decided to do, I'm going to support him," Jok said.

Jok struggled on defense and with conditioning last season. The West Des Moines Valley product averaged 4.4 points in 9.4 minutes. He pushed himself in the offseason and into the starting lineup this year, when he's posting 7.4 points in 19.9 minutes per outing.

"Before he made the decision, we talked," Jok said of Dickerson. "I told him he's just got to do what's best for him. I talked to him about how I went through the same thing last year; just keep working and be patient and it's all going to pay off. I just feel like he didn't want to be that patient. That's not what he wanted to do, sit down behind Mike and Sapp (Clemmons)."

Dickerson's decision disappointed Jok, who saw the ability in his friend that could succeed in the Big Ten.

"He definitely has the talent and the speed. Like I told him, there's more than that to be a good point guard at this level. You have to study the game and watch film and all that stuff. I feel like he would have helped a lot if he would have hung in there. But, oh well," Jok said.

Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery said he was not surprised by Dickerson's request to transfer. He noticed the disappointment in his third-team point guard.

"Trey wants more. I respect that. I mean that sincerely. I'm not angry at him. I'm not blaming him in any way, shape or form. He wants more.  We'll try to help him find more somewhere else. It wasn't going to happen for him here. He figured that out. He's got two years left. He'll be a good player for somebody," McCaffery said.

The coach said he would help Dickerson in any way he could to finish up the semester strong academically.

"He's got to bear down there," McCaffery said. "Going to get a ton of phone calls about him.  We'll talk to people, impress upon them that he has great character.  

"A lot of times when there's transfers, the first thing is are there character issues, is he a knucklehead, did he flunk a drug test, anything like that. There's no issues at all with regard to those issues."

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