Jag Hoops Add Big Guard

The state of Texas has always been very good to South Alabama basketball. When Ronnie Arrow first assumed the reigns of the program fresh off of three national junior college national championships at San Jacinto, he immediately began mining the state for talent. Here in his second tour of duty that strategy still holds true.

The latest Lone Star athlete to commit to the program is big guard/small forward Delvin Dickerson of storied Westbury Christian in Houston. Dickerson put up 17.8 points and 11 rebounds a game for the 37-2 Wildcats whose season ended in the championship game of the highly competitive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Westbury Christian was going for their third consecutive state championship when they were thwarted last year. Dickerson played alongside point guard Anthony Collins, who has since moved on to the University of South Florida, on that team, but Collins will be more than ably replaced by L.J. Rose, a Baylor commitment.

Dickerson, who has three-point range on his jump shot, is a versatile, athletic player who will help the Jags in a variety of ways.

"The strongest part of my game is going straight to the basket," he said. "Finishing at the top, above the rim as well as rebounding. And I love playing defense."

Dickerson was pursued by schools like Texas Tech, Air Force, TCU, North Texas, Tulsa, Bradley and many others before choosing USA.

"It started off slow, but it picked up in the middle of July," Dickerson said of his recruitment by South Alabama. "The coaches really made me feel like I was their own when I came down there for a visit. On the visit, everything about the place just reminded me of Houston. Not as big as Houston but similar in many ways. Coach Arrow is a good coach who I think is going to push me hard enough to make me successful at the next level and they're in a good conference where I can go straight in as a hard-working freshman and play."

Delvin's primary recruiter was new assistant Dominique Taylor, but he has had nearly daily contact with Ronnie Arrow and assistant Michael Floyd as well. He realizes that in order to achieve all his basketball goals he needs coaches who can motivate and instruct him. He believes he's found that in the USA staff and, in turn, they have a player who can help them satisfy the program's goals of more conference championships.

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