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May 14, 2014

Dickson officially signs with NU

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Purple Eagles added their second recruit to the 2014 class Monday. They also opened up a walk-on spot.

DayJar Dickson, a 6-foot-8 forward from Potomac, Maryland, signed his National Letter of Intent on Monday, making his commitment to NU official. Swingman Alex Dubovitskiy, a 6-foot-5 Russian walk-on expected to return for his sophomore year, left the team.

Dickson verbally committed to NU on April 24, but NCAA rules prohibit programs from commenting on recruits until an NLI is signed.

NU head coach Chris Casey gave Dickson high praise on Tuesday.

"We love his athleticism," Casey said. "He plays extremely hard, goes after the ball hard and rebounds. He has all the qualities that predict he's going to improve. He has a lot of upside."

Dickson was overshadowed at Potomac High School, where he won Maryland's Class 2A State Championship playing with seven potential Division I basketball players. He averaged just seven points and five rebounds during the regular season, but came down with 10.3 boards and averaged 3.5 blocks during the playoffs.

"He's a good basketball player, and his best years are ahead of him," Casey said. "What he does, in terms of how he works... When we watched him, we felt like we wanted to coach that kid."

Dickson joins guard Matt Scott (Brooklyn) in Casey's first full-season recruiting class. Niagara was the first school to offer both players, though both seem to have a good bit of potential.

Casey said bringing in under-the-radar players isn't an explicit goal.

"We're looking for good players who are good students who have a chance to get better and grow," he said. "I wouldn't say under-the-rader. We're just looking for guys who can play and who we want to represent the program."

The Dickson signing leaves NU with two scholarships remaining. Though teams are not allowed to travel to visit players until the next NCAA recruiting period (July), Casey said he's still actively trying to fill his final spots, noting how the recruiting is still changing as players transfer or receive final grades.

Follow Niagara Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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