Billy Donovan says goodbye to Florida fans in full-page ad
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Billy Donovan says goodbye to Florida fans in full-page ad
Friday June 5th, 2015

Of the four players in the class of 2015 who signed with Florida under Billy Donovan, Noah Dickerson was the only one to ask for, and be granted, his release. On Thursday, more than a month after Donovan left the Gators to become the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dickerson settled on a new school: Washington.

Dickerson initially committed to Georgetown but decided to reopen his recruitment last June. A couple of months later, he announced his commitment to the Gators. Had he decided to stick with Florida, Dickerson would have joined shooting guard KeVaughn Allen, power forward Kevarrius Hayes and small forward Keith Stone as part of new coach Michael White’s first recruiting class.

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Instead, Dickerson will join the Huskies, who are set to welcome in six other freshmen in advance of next season. The group includes four-star power forward Marquese Chriss and four-star shooting guard Dejounte Murray. Washington also will add Malik Dime, a four-star power forward who previously played at Indian Hills Community College.

Rated the No. 81 player in the class of 2015 by, Dickerson helped lead prep power Montverde (Fla.) to a third consecutive DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals title this season. The 6'8", 245-pound power forward has drawn praise for his ability to convert shots from close range and also step away from the paint to knock down jumpers.


It’s not unrealistic to think Dickerson could log significant minutes as a true freshman.

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None of the Huskies’ significant frontcourt contributors from last season will be back, meaning coach Lorenzo Romar will be forced to press the imports into duty right way. The rotation likely will need some time to get its bearings against Division I competition, but the addition of Dickerson elevates expectations for how Washington’s frontcourt will fare in the Pac-12.

Dickerson’s decision leaves only one uncommitted player in the top 100 of the Rivals150. Though Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona State are believed to be in the running for five-star center Thon Maker, it remains unclear when he will begin his college basketball career.

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