Washington Sophomore PF Noah Dickerson Visiting Virginia, Remains Undecided

Lars Hanson, Publisher
The Dawg Report

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For the time being Noah Dickerson remains a member of the Washington Huskies men's basketball program.

Early Friday morning the sophomore forward departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Dulles International in Virginia. Dickerson confirmed to Rivals.com his official visit to Virginia as the Huskies lone question mark continues to debate his future.

Earlier this week new UW men's basketball head coach Mike Hopkins told CBSSports' Jon Rothstein that despite Dickerson remaining enrolled he isn't guaranteed to return next season.

"We can't confirm that yet," Hopkins told Rothstein on Wednesday, when asked if Dickerson will return. "His family thinks that he should look at his options, which we've obviously respect. We've retained the whole team other than Noah right now."

Dickerson finished third on the team in 2016-17 averaging 12.5 points per-game, adding to his team leading 8.2 rebounds per-game and a player Hopkins will need next season as he builds his program.

Of the players returning next season freshman Sam Timmins would be the teams leading rebounder, averaging just under four per game while averaging 14.6 minutes per-game.

However, the verdict remains out on Dickerson and his final decision. ESPN college basketball insider Jeff reported Wednesday that Virginia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Baylor had all expressed interest in the Huskies transfer.

Dickerson told Rivals.com Friday following his official visit to Virginia he does not "yet" have any other trips scheduled, and remains undecided on whether he will return to Washington or not.

Prior to Washington the former four-star recruit committed to Georgetown first, then shifted his choice to Florida, signing his letter of intent to play for Billy Donovan in May 2015.

But the departure of the Gators head coach left Dickerson searching again after being granted his release. Former UW head coach Lorenzo Romar, along with assistant coach Raphael Chillious, had built a long-standing relationship with Dickerson allowing Washington to edge out California and others for his signature.

Still, the long-standing relationship between Romar and Dickerson remains key for the future of the men's basketball program as Washington enters the Mike Hopkins era.

Will Conroy, who both played and coached under Romar at Washington, told Dave "Softy" Mahler in late March that the former coach was actively reaching out to current players and recruits to convince them to stay at Washington.

UW lost much of its prized 2017 recruiting haul including five-star and No.1 overall recruit Michael Porter Jr., along with center Matthew Atewe and expected No.1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz after the coaching change.

The Huskies return four juniors; David Crisp, Matisse Thybulle and Dominic Green (guards); Devenir Duruisseau (forward); three juniors; Carlos Johnson and Bitumba Baruti (guards) and Sam Timmins (forward).

Hopkins received his first commitment Friday afternoon with former University of San Francisco point guard commit Michael Carter III announcing his decision to sign with Washington.

UW has reportedly expressed interest in potential transfer targets as well. Multiple requests to confirmed a transfer release for Dickerson have not been returned by UW athletic department officials.

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