Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins might be on the hot seat if he doesn't get the Cardinal to the NCAA tournament this season – but he certainly isn't recruiting like it.
On Wednesday, Dawkins landed his fourth top-100 prospect in the 2014 class when Dorian Pickens committed to the Cardinal.
Pickens, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, was considered a Stanford lean but he was waiting for his application to be accepted on the academic side. Reports indicate Pickens was notified today that he was accepted into the school.
“They've got a high-character kid who cares about his grades,” Arizona Stars coach Ray Arvizu told The Arizona Republic. “In terms of a ballplayer, they've got a highly skilled kid who can knock down shots with a great IQ. He fits in well at Stanford.”
The Pinnacle (Ariz.) product is known as one of the better shooters in the class. He has a quick release and can make pull-up shots off one or two dribbles. If given space, Pickens will make perimeter jumpers. He's ranked No. 98 in the 247Sports Composite.
Pickens joins one of the more underrated recruiting classes. After exiting the summer without a single commit, Dawkins has reeled in four top 100 commitments. The marquee signature is from Reid Travis (No. 35 in 247Sports Composite), a four-star power forward from Minnesota who chose the Cardinal over Duke and in-state Minnesota. However, big man Michael Humphrey (No. 78) and point guard Robert Cartwright (No. 81) are also entering the fold next season.
Stanford's class is ranked No. 12 nationally.