Heels lead for Dickey

Ra'Sean Dickey has always pulled for North Carolina so it's no surprise to hear the 6-9 junior put the Tar Heels on top of his list.

Ra'Sean Dickey, who was in Chapel Hill for the loss to Maryland last week, said even if he gets an offer from the Tar Heels, he won't make a quick decision.

"I'll wait," said the Marlboro County (S.C.) big man. "I doubt that I'll make a decision early in the process."

While Dickey is doing some watching of UNC, the Tar Heels staff is doing some monitoring of its own. Matt Doherty was in attendance for one of Dickey's recent games – one in which he finished with 26 points and 18 rebounds.

"You can say they're a leader," Dickey added of UNC. "But they aren't real far ahead of everyone else. I just always liked them when I was younger. I always said I wanted to go to that school."

Now Dickey could have that chance, but first he must convince Doherty & Co. that he's worth one of Carolina's few scholarships.

"The only school so far that's officially offered me is Clemson," Dickey said. "I haven't discussed it with them (North Carolina) about what I need to do before they offer me."

Academics don't seem to be a sticking point with Dickey. He has a 3.1 GPA that is on the rise and scored a 16 on his first attempt at the ACT.

Dickey also mentioned Florida, Maryland, Kentucky, Arizona and UConn and has previously mentioned both South Carolina and Clemson as possibilities.

"It's going to come down to how well me, my coach and my family agree on a school," Dickey added. "Academics, the staff, players and whether or not I'm going to get playing time are all important, too."

Dickey's team isn't faring nearly as well as he anticipated this season. Although he is averaging about 18 points and 15 rebounds per game, Marlboro County's record is just 7-8. In fact, Dickey didn't return home from practice until after 10 p.m. on Thursday following a tough loss earlier in the week.

"I only scored seven points," he said. "It was my worst game of the season. Our guards are young this year and that's the main reason why we're struggling."

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