Lorenzo Romar added his eighth player to the 2015 class (ninth if count Auburn transfer Matthew Atewe) today when Noah Dickerson announced that he would be playing for the Huskies next fall. The four star forward signed his letter of intent to play for Florida in the Fall, but was granted his full release when long time head coach Billy Donovan accepted the head coaching position for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 6'7 230 product from Mount Verde Academy commitments adds to the already impressive 2015 class, which now features five four star players (according to Dawgman.com) The class will now feature five front court players, Devenir Duruisseau, Marquese Chriss, Malik Dime, Matthew Atewe, and Dickerson. We will be publishing more about the big men in this class and what Husky fans can expect their roles to be in the next few days, but until then here is a quick break down of how Dickerson might impact the Huskies next year (and if you'd like to watch his highlights, they can be found here.)
Obviously, a lot can and certainly will change between now and the beginning of the season next Fall, but it is never to early to try to predict what the starting lineup will look like next year, especially when a team only has four players returning from last year's roster. At this point, one has to assume that the amount of playing time Dickerson will see next year will be based off of the NCAA's ruling on if Atewe will be able to play immediately for the Huskies next season, or whether he will have to sit out a year. (Usually NCAA transfer rules state that a player most sit out one year after transferring before he is eligible to play, but Atewe missed most of the last season due to a leg injury, and also found himself playing under a new coach in Bruce Pearl, who did not recruit him, which may help his case.) If Atewe can play, it is reasonable to assume that he would be the Huskies starting center next year, as he'd be one of the few players on the roster with Division I experience, and Malik Dime would start at Power Forward. If the NCAA decides he must sit out a year, my guess is that Malik Dime would slide from the power forward to the center position, and that either Dickerson or Marquese Chriss would start at the four.
This is all pure speculation at this point, and with Atewe's eligibility still up in the arr, I may even be getting ahead of myself by talking about playing time. The important thing for Huskies fans to take away from all of this is that Noah Dickerson is a very good player, you can never have too much talent, especially when it comes to big men, and most importantly, this class has a legitimate shot at being the best class in the history of Huskies Men's basketball.
Welcome to Montlake Noah!