Dyson Emerging As A Top Target

It's been a busy year for Andover (NH) Proctor Academy star Jerome Dyson.

Jerome Dyson, a 6-foot-3 combo guard rated the No. 7 shooting guard prospect in the country according to Scout.com, has been on the road this spring.

"Jerome went to Spain for a couple of months," Walter Ray, Dyson's advisor, said. "He's a man of the world now. He was over there as a part of the study abroad program at Proctor Academy, and he really enjoyed it over there."

Because of the time he spent in Spain, Dixon has yet to play on the AAU circuit or attend any major camps, but that hasn't stopped a host of college programs from expressing interest.

"Who's not recruiting him right now," Ray joked. "I have a list of about thirty schools that are interested in him.

"Some of the teams are Wake Forest, NC State, Georgetown, Maryland, UCONN, and Florida. Purdue, UNLV, and UCONN are a few that have already offered scholarships."

Despite not being able to attend any major tournaments, Dyson arrived back in the United States in late May and has already visited two ACC programs.

"He attended the Elite Camp at Wake Forest last week and on the way back we stopped by N.C. State for an unofficial visit," Ray said.

NC State has yet to offer Dyson a scholarship, but "love him" according to Ray. The Wolfpack will be watching Dyson closely at the upcoming NIKE Camp and could offer in the near future. Their facilities certainly left an impression.

"Man, their facilities were amazing," Ray said. "They have a new practice facility that's just for the players. I wish I was still in college. Jerome really liked it too."

Dixon also had a good time at Wake Forest.

"We liked Wake Forest as well," Ray said. "He was there for an Elite camp with a bunch of other players, but it wasn't an environment to shine in because it was an all-star setting.

Dyson, who hails from Potomac, Maryland, had been receiving heavy interest from the Terps, but after the coaching changes at Maryland the contact has decreased.

"Maryland was recruiting him strong when Dave Dickerson was there, but we haven't heard from them as much," Ray said. "I don't think they've had a chance to see him play in person yet, so that could be a factor as well."

Dyson exploded on the scene last summer when he performed superbly at the NIKE Camp. He also had a huge junior season at Proctor Academy, where he averaged 31 points a game while playing against the top prep school talent in the northeast.

Considered a combo guard, Dyson has outstanding scoring tools yet the ability to handle the point guard position on the next level if needed. Ray sees that versatility as a major advantage for Dyson, who is looking to play early on the next level.

"Jerome just wants a chance to play early, and he doesn't favor a position either," Ray said. "He actually likes the fact that some schools are recruiting him to play both because he doesn't want to be labeled as a specialist. He can bring the ball up as a point and slide over to two guard. He's comfortable at both."

Expect Dyson's recruitment to explode with a strong showing at the NIKE Camp.

"He's going to the NIKE Camp, and I think we're going to have an open gym for him right after that here in Maryland," Ray said. "At that time he'll probably hook up with an AAU team and play the rest of the summer."

Because he is still taking unofficial visits and learning about the programs recruiting him, Ray believes Dyson is far from making a decision.

"He's in no rush," Ray said. "He'll probably be looking to start narrowing things down this summer and into September."

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