Vols Offer Four-Star, Seven-Foot Center

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    Tennessee added a seven-foot center as a transfer this offseason when Arizona State redshirt freshman Uros Plavsic announced his decision to transfer to the Vols. Now, UT’s coaching staff has sent out an offer to a seven-foot prospect in hopes of adding another big man to the roster.

    Hunter Dickinson is a four-star prospect who plays for DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland. This week, he tweeted out that he picked up an offer from Tennessee, adding to his already extensive offer list.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Dickinson is right outside of five-star range, coming in at No. 27 overall. He’s also the No. 6 center and No. 1 player in the state of Maryland in the 2020 class. Dickinson measures in at 7-foot-2, 255 pounds and has offers from nearly two dozen programs. North Carolina, Michigan, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue, Oregon, Maryland, Alabama, and many other teams have offered Dickinson.

    The seven-footer has added offers from North Carolina, Michigan, and Tennessee all within the last week, and he’s already taken several visits over the last few months. Dickinson took an official visit to Louisville in May, and he visited Kentucky and Maryland during the 2018-19 season. He also made an official visit to Purdue in October.

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    Dickinson fits the profile that Rick Barnes and his staff look for with their post players. He has a really good basketball IQ and can pass well out of the post. He has a good turnaround hook shot and is capable of making shots beyond just in the paint. Dickinson won’t wow anyone with his athleticism, but he has a lot of tools to build off of. Defensively, he patrols the paint effectively and is a nuisance to try and shoot around.

    In 17 recorded games from his junior season, Dickinson averaged 15.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks according to PrepCircuit.com. Per RealGM.com, Dickinson averaged 8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 15.9 minutes a game for Team Takeover during the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

    Right now, Tennessee has one commitment in their 2020 class, and that’s from borderline five-star small forward Corey Walker. The Vols would like to add at least one big man to their roster in the 2020 class, and Dickinson will be added to their target list along with prospects like four-star forward PJ Hall and three-star center Dylan Cardwell.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.