And you thought the 2015 recruiting cycle was over with Caleb Swanigan committing to Purdue. Cal is still actively recruiting a big body to fit their rotation, and Noah Dickerson is the latest target.
The Atlanta (Ga.) Montverde Academy consensus four-star power forward had signed a national letter of intent to Florida. But he asked for his release once Gators head coach Billy Donovan bolted for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was granted it. Now Dickerson is looking around, with a lot of schools entering the fray. Cal is one of them, with the Washington Huskies and Texas Longhorns being particularly aggressive. All three will be getting visits in the upcoming weeks.
Texas is pushing hard to get Dickerson on campus as soon as possible, and the Longhorns have offered the power forward. Like Texas, Washington also would take a commitment from Dickerson. Things are not as clear with California, who doesn't currently have a scholarship available.
Interestingly, Dickerson does not yet have a Cal offer registered (unlike Texas and Washington). But it appears that the Bears are in the mix regardless.
The Montverde, Florida power forward will juggle cross-country trips to both Washington and Cal, and an only slightly shorter flight to Austin. He’s considering each of those three schools because of a strong connection he has with their coaching staffs.
Dickerson has seen what the Golden Bears have done from afar this recruiting cycle under head coach Cuonzo Martin, who reeled in a top-5 class, and he’s very intrigued.
"Cal is a great school, a great academic school, Dickerson said. "Coach Martin is trying to start something big at Cal, start a powerhouse. He also likes to play two bigs at the same time."
Dickerson might actually be a great fit for what Cal basketball wants to do next season. With Ivan Rabb likely to space the floor with his jump shooting, Dickerson could crash inside on the boards and be an able offensive rebounder. He's got a lot of hops, is really tenacious on the rebounding side, and has good finishing moves inside the arc. He could be a huge get for Martin, and pretty much clinch Cal's chances to be a national contender next season.
Take a look at Dickerson's tape Cal fans! Your thoughts?