Dyson Captures Calhoun's Attention

Jerome Dyson capped a whirlwind July evaluation period last Sunday at the Eastern Invitational, where he was selected to the Top 20 All-Star game.

Dyson, a well constructed 6-3 1/2, 190 pound shooting/combo guard from Potomac, Md., scored four points as his White squad fell 97-95 to the Blue squad. Despite his lack of output in the all-star game, a number of high major programs have long been sold on his perimeter skills.

UConn Head Coach Jim Calhoun made a trip to Eastern to take a look at Dyson. Dyson said that the Huskies, Maryland, Providence, Boston College, N.C. State, Florida, Georgetown, George Mason, Notre Dame and Villanova have already tendered scholarship offers.

"I haven't narrowed it down yet," Dyson admitted after the all-star tilt. "I am going to sit down with my coach, narrow the list down and then take official visits, and I plan on making a decision in either September or October."

Dyson said he could take as many as four or five official visits. If that's the case, his recruitment will likely stretch into October and possibly November.

One school which is making a late push to get into the Dyson sweepstakes is Texas.

"Texas got involved after I went to Las Vegas," he said. "I talked to them once on the phone but I don't know much about the school."

While he declined to cite leaders or favorites, Dyson did say that UConn, Boston College, Maryland, Georgetown, George Mason and Providence have made favorable impressions on him thus far.

"Those schools call a lot and always want to talk to me," he added.

Although he's a middle Atlantic native, Dyson will return to Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., for his senior campaign this fall. After summer pit stops at the Nike All-American Camp, the Nike Peach Jam and the Main Event, he looks forward to grabbing the reins of the Proctor offense.

That's because at most of the events we saw him at in July, Dyson played off the ball and showed more of a scorer's mentality. With the D.C. Blue Devils, North Carolina bound Tywon Lawson dominated the ball quite a bit, leaving Dyson to roam the perimeter and spot up.

"I play the point guard at Proctor, but at the summer camps, I played mostly the two," he reflected. "Most of my life, I had played the two, but when I went to Proctor, I started playing the point. I feel comfortable playing the point."

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