Junior college transfer gives Iowa a new dimension.
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Trey Dickerson made a steal and raced down the floor. But in this case, speed killed. He went at the rim too fast and missed the layup.
"I was just thinking too much," Dickerson said after Iowa's 92-51 exhibition victory over Northwood University of Florida on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Dickerson, a 6-foot junior college transfer who has three seasons of eligibility with the Hawkeyes, displayed a burst at point guard that this program hasn't seen for years. Now, he's got to learn to shift gears.
"That's probably the biggest challenge right now," Dickerson said after finishing with eight points, two assists, two steals and three turnovers in 21 minutes. "In junior college, I just played at one speed. Now (Iowa coach Fran McCaffery) wants me to switch up speeds. But I've been working on it. I'll be fine."
After a sluggish start, Iowa expanded a 39-32 halftime lead by starting the second half on a 19-2 run against an NAIA program coached by the legendary Rollie Massimino, who won an NCAA title at Villanova in 1985.
"I think Iowa is going to be involved in many wonderful games," Massimino said. "I think they're terrific."
The strength of this Iowa team is the front line, where there's experience at every position. Jarrod Uthoff had 15 points and Aaron White 12. Both grabbed seven rebounds. And there's a new face to keep an eye on, too. Freshman Dom Uhl had a team-high eight rebounds and six points in 24 minutes.
"He's going to be a great player here, there's no question," McCaffery said.
But it's clear that this is guard court that can also score, and McCaffery has a lot of weapons at his disposal.
"There are a lot of people who can score on this team," said Josh Oglesby, who made three of his seven 3-pointers. "We're versatile. And we're deep."
Sophomore Peter Jok came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points in 17 minutes, and he made both his 3-point attempts.
Mike Gesell started at the point and Anthony Clemmons, coming off a rocky sophomore season, got the nod at two-guard. Clemmons started 13 games as a freshman, but none last season when he lost confidence. Clemmons, Jok, Gesell, Dickerson and Oglesby will share the guard minutes.
"We all bring something different," Clemmons said. "That makes us that much more effective. We get after each other in practice all the time."
Dickerson, who showed an ability to lead the break as well as getting in the lane and kicking to shooters, will get more time as he learns to slow down when needed.
"He has a hard time going from fast to slow because he just kind of plays the game at one speed," McCaffery said. "He has a gear most people don't have, and that will really help our team. Plus, he can shoot the ball. When you're fast and can shoot, now it's hard to guard that guy."
Iowa opens the regular season against Hampton on Nov. 14 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.