Florida needed another legit back-to-the-basket post player for its roster in 2015-16. Noah Dickerson needed a new home after decommitting from Georgetown. On Sunday, the two came together.
Dickerson has committed to Florida, he told CBSSports.com.
"Coach [Billy] Donovan is a great coach," Dickerson said. "He develops players, and he has great character. That's one thing I love about him. He's a great person outside of a coach."
Dickerson, a 6-foot-8 big man from Montverde Academy (Fla.), chose the Gators over LSU, Georgia Tech, Washington and others. He was originally pledged to Georgetown, but reopened his recruitment in June after the Hoyas took a commitment from center Jessie Govan.
Ranked No. 52 in the 247Sports Composite, Dickerson is one of the best pure low-post scorers in the country. He can carve out position on the low block and finish effectively around the rim. Dickerson was dominant at times on the EYBL circuit, averaging 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds with the Georgia Stars. Most recently, he averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds playing in the Nike Global Challenge.
"I fit in pretty well because they won't have anyone in that position," Dickerson said. "They like me inside, but they like me playing on the outside too. They want to develop me into a stretch four."
Dickerson is Florida's third commit from the class of 2015, joining four-star guard KeVaughn Allen and four-star center Kevarrius Hayes. Moreover, South Florida transfer John Egbunu will be eligible in 2015-16. The Gators would have had some holes in the frontcourt, especially if Chris Walker leaves school early for the NBA, but this recruiting class has helped Billy Donovan and the Gators nab some replacements.
Florida is out of scholarships for the 2015 class, but will still pursue in-state forward Keith Stone.