Catonsville High girls basketball standout Jasmine Dickey made her senior year a whole lot easier when she made her decision to play Division I college basketball at the University of Delaware next year.
“I’m glad its over,” said Dickey, who couldn’t guess how many schools had pursued her. “It’s just too much to actually say the number.”
Dickey, who averaged 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds for the 2017 Class 4A state champions, made her decision after narrowing her choices.
“It actually came down to the last three,” Dickey said. “It was Drexel, Delaware and the University of Hartford. Delaware was actually my last visit.”
“It’s a great fit for her,” Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said.
New Delaware head coach Natasha Adair and three members of her coaching staff came from Georgetown University after last season and were familiar with Dickey before they left.
“She is their first 2018 recruit, so they were zeroing in on her,” said Mohler, noting 15 Division I programs were actively pursuing Dickey.
Dickey, who went over 1,000 career points in December of 2016 and 1,500 in the Comets’ 49-46 win over Walt Whitman in the state championship game, is content with her decision.
”I love the coaching staff and I like the style of coaching that coach ‘A’ [Adair] has, and I just like that it is very much family-oriented,” she said. “The teammates were great, everybody was just very warming and I just love the atmosphere and I feel like I could really get better and improve myself at Delaware.”
The 5-foot-10 Dickey, who was selected Ms. Basketball in 2016-2017 as the state’s top public school player, is projected as a shooting guard or small forward.
Delaware’s proximity to Catonsville will allow family and friends the opportunity to see her play.
“It’s close for her folks, a good league [Colonial League] and they have Towson, George Washington and George Mason on the schedule,” Mohler said.
Academically, Dickey plans to study kinesiology and pursue physical therapy or athletic training.
Even though she was named to the All-Metro first team in her sophomore and junior seasons, Dickey knows she has work to do before she gets to college.
“Oh, they definitely told me I need to work on my dribbling and shooting and that’s stuff that I already know,” she said. “I completely agreed with them and they told me they would help me do everything, like get me stronger and bigger and just improve my game.”
Dickey’s ability to score off the dribble from anywhere on the court, and make free throws, has always been a major asset.
She made 18 of 24 free throws, including 13 straight in the second half of the Catonsville’s win over Whitman in the state title game.
“She has the green light [to shoot the three], but that is really not her game,” Mohler said. “Her game is slash. Her game is get to the basket. She will get you three, it’s just going to be the old-fashioned way.”
Like 2017 Catonsville High graduate, Jen Gast, who committed to play college basketball at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County before her senior year, college coaches praised Dickey.
“There wasn’t one visit that she took where somebody said, it might not work out here,” Mohler said. “They all wanted her bad. Everybody absolutely fell in love with her.”
One coach who knew how much Dickey meant to Mohler’s Comets was Howard’s Scott Robinson, who employed a 1-3 or diamond-and-one zone on Dickey in the Class 4A North Region championship game to try and slow her down.
Dickey took over at point guard and led the Comets to a 51-45 triumph with a game-high 21 points.
“I know Mike calls her LeBron and that’s who she was tonight,” said Robinson, after the loss.
Dickey played her final Amateur Athletic Union season over the summer with the 17U Lady Tigers and the team traveled to Louisville, Kent. to play in the the Battle of the Boro Tournament, featuring 86 teams in the Junior Showtime Division.
The Lady Tigers won 11 straight games and made the elite eight before losing in the single-elimination bracket.
Among her teammates were Catonsville High seniors Jameila Barrett and Stacia Daniels, Western’s Jasmen Walton and Mackenzie Pollard, Western Tech’s Kayla Spruill, New Town’s Morgan Anderson and Eastern Tech’s Sequoia Rantin.
“It was a great way to end the AAU career,” Dickey said.
Although AAU may be over, Dickey will still provide prep basketball fans in Maryland and college basketball fans in Delaware plenty of future highlights.
“She is unbelievable,” Mohler said.