Ken McDonald wasted no time in agreeing to take the job as men's basketball coach at Western Kentucky University earlier this year. Now he's wasting no time convincing high school prospects to join him in Bowling Green.
6-foot-4 point guard Caden Dickerson of Argyle (TX) High School became McDonald's third commitment in less than a week when he told the Hilltopper coaching staff on Thursday night he's accepting their offer to play basketball on the Hill.
"I just felt good with the situation," Dickerson said in a telephone interview Thursday night. "I like the players, the coaches, the location, the facilities and the program."
It didn't take Dickerson long to make a decision that WKU was where he wanted to be. Argyle coach John King said McDonald first visited Argyle just last week and Dickerson said he didn't leave Bowling Green from his official campus visit until Monday.
"Playing for an outstanding program was high on his list and finding a right fit," King said in a telephone interview Thursday night. "Finding a program that felt like family for him (was important). After talking to him after he came back, I thought that was how he felt.
"I love their tradition," said Dickerson. "(McDonald) said they're basketball crazy there."
Dickerson led the Eagles to a 34-3 record as a junior in 2007-08, helping the team to the Region 1-3A semifinals. He scored 14.5 points per game, dishing 4.2 assists and collecting 2.7 steals while shooting over 48 percent from three-point range and around 90 percent from the free throw line. From the point, he guided a high-powered Eagles offense that averaged nearly 80 points per game - one of the highest figures in Texas' Class 3A.
King noted that the Eagles lose some talent off last year's squad, saying, "This year, we're going to ask him to score 20-plus every night." But King and Dickerson both agreed the player's strength offensively lay in his ability to distribute.
"He sees the floor well... he's a very unselfish player," said King. "It gives him more satisfaction to help someone else score than himself. He can penetrate, can pull up on his jumper and can knock down the three."
Said Dickerson: "I think I can create for my teammates, see the floor well, shoot the ball and play good defense.
"I always take pride in my defense."
King said Dickerson had scholarship offers from Weber State, Arkansas State and Lafayette while Dickerson said he also held offers from Stephen F. Austin, Texas State and Northern Colorado. Both mentioned he had interest from North Texas, Southern Methodist and Texas Tech as well.
His commitment comes less than a week after Orlando, Fla. forward William Green committed to WKU and just five days after Vestavia Hills, Ala. forward Jordan Swing became the second member of WKU's 2009 recruiting class.