BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald has announced the signing of three incoming freshman to National Letters of Intent (NLIs) on Thursday. Caden Dickerson, William Green, and Jordan Swing will enter WKU in the fall and will have four years of eligibility.
"This is an incredible start for our program, and our new coaching staff," said McDonald. "A great job by the assistant coaches as we really wanted this class to have a work ethic, a knowledge of basketball, and obviously talent. I think we covered all three bases and I couldn't be more excited about the group coming in."
Dickerson is a 6-4, 185-pound point guard from Argyle, Texas. As a junior in 2007-08, he led Argyle High School to a 34-3 record and an appearance in the Texas Class AAA, Region 1 semifinals. Dickerson averaged 14.5 points per game while dishing out 4.2 assists and swiping 2.7 steals. An accurate shooter, Dickerson connected on 48.0 percent of his three-point attempts and shot 90.0 percent from the charity stripe.
"Caden is a big point guard who can also play the two; he can shoot the ball, and he's tough, really tough kid who is a good floor leader. For a player his age, he is very vocal, and that doesn't come around a whole lot," said McDonald.
Green is a 6-6, 180-pound forward from Orlando, Fla. Listed as a top 50 prospect in the state of Florida by FloridaProspects.com, Green averaged 11.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last season in helping Olympia High School to a 24-3 record. As one of a host of talented players on the Titans' team for 2008-09, the senior is a big reason Olympia is favored to capture the Florida Class 6A title and is ranked 29th in the nation on the ESPN RISE FAB 50. Green was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
"William Green is really talented, and he doesn't even know how good he can be someday. He's a little bit in the Jeremy Evans mold in athleticism. He has a lot of upside. He can really handle the ball, shoot the ball, and do some things at a high level and as he gets stronger and matures with his body, he has a chance to be a big time player," said McDonald.
Swing is a 6-6, 200-pound forward from Vestavia Hills, Ala. In playing for head coach George Hatchett at Vestavia Hills High School, near Birmingham, Ala., Swing averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. He is rated as a two-star recruit on Rivals.com.
"Jordan has a combination of everything. He can really shoot the ball, has great size for a wing player, and has a saavy and calmness about him. He really knows how to play. His dad was a great player who played in the NBA," said McDonald.
"This whole group, I'm just excited about the character. They are all good students. They're all serious about basketball and about their education."