COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- There were more than 30 recruits who packed into the first two rows behind the Maryland bench inside Xfinity Center for Maryland Madness Oct. 17. The two senior headliners, of course, were official visitors Jacob Larsen (Denmark) and Mario Kegler (Oak Hill/Mouth of Wilson, Va.), but there were a number of intriguing class of 2017 and 2018 prospects who trekked over to College Park for the annual Madness event. Including an emerging big-man who could be on the verge of adding a UMD offer.
Junior Dajour Dickens (Miller School/Charlottesville, Va.) made the drive up with his family Oct. 17 for their first look at Maryland.
“It was actually a really great time. My first time being at Maryland, I loved it,” said Dickens, who currently holds verbals from Creighton, Va Tech, UVA, Memphis, Hampton and others. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but I really liked it. Just like the whole setup, the energy in the building, the coaches, the players – it was great.”
The 6-foot-11 Dickens said he honed in on Terps’ “4” Robert Carter, who may have been the best player on the floor Oct. 17. The Virginia native called Carter “really great” and said he could envision playing a similar role at the college level.
“I kind of play like [Carter], to be honest, so it was cool to see him out there making plays,” Dickens said. “I can post up inside, I can finish at the rim, I can step outside to hit the jumper, I can handle a little, and I pass the ball too. I’m pretty versatile and I loved how Maryland used [Carter].”
After the event, Dickens had a chance to meet head coach Mark Turgeon. He also briefly chatted with assistant Dustin Clark, his area recruiter.
“Coach Turgeon was pretty busy, but he thanked me and my family for coming all the way up here,” Dickens said. “Hopefully I get to know him better down the road. He’s a great coach. And Coach Clark, he’s cool and I’m getting to know him better. He’s the one who got me up here and wanted me to come. He saw me at a morning workout at our gym recently, and he was telling me how I should come up [for Madness]. And here I am.”
While Dickens had a good time at Madness, he didn’t get a chance to see all he wanted to. He said he was supposed to check out the locker room and tour the campus, but will have to do so at a later date after “things got a little hectic.”
“There was so much going on inside Xfinity, and there were so many people around, we just couldn’t do everything,” Dickens said. “So I think I’m going to come back maybe later this year after my season to see Maryland again. I really like it up here, but I want to see more.”
As far as a potential offer is concerned, Dickens believes a Terps’ scholarship will eventually materialize. The Miller School product said Clark “really likes” his game and is making his pitch to Turgeon.
“Oh I know they’re going to offer. They love my game, and they like how I’m athletic, run, dunk, dribble, hit it outside shot. They think I’d fit in really well in their system,” Dickens said. “And if they did [offer], I think it would be a great fit. It would probably be in my top five by the time I release it in the summer.”
In addition to Maryland, Dickens has been to Virginia Tech several times. He’s yet to see any other schools, nor does he have any upcoming visits on tap.
Dickens said coaches from Maryland, Creighton, VCU, Temple, Texas, Va Tech and Indiana have been in contact.
“I’d love to get offers from Maryland, Indiana and Florida,” said Dickens, who suits up for Boo Williams on the AAU circuit. “Those would be real nice ones to have. Like I said, I really liked it up at Maryland, so I’m hoping they come through.”