SEATTLE — Noah Dickerson, the Washington junior forward who was an All-Pac-12 first team selection, is declaring for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.
Dickerson took to Instagram late Wednesday evening to say he was going to test the NBA waters after averaging 15.5 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. His decision comes a day after UW announced sophomore guard Carlos Johnson will transfer out of the program.
“After talking it over with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent,” Dickerson posted on Instagram. “I am looking at this as a time where I can receive feedback and get better while keeping my college eligibility.”
Any college basketball player wishing to keep their eligibility must withdraw from the NBA Draft by 11:59 p.m. on April 10, per the NCAA. That leaves Dickerson time to learn what teams think of him and where he might go in the draft.
His announcement does come as a surprise but he might not be the only UW player to explore the NBA draft.
There’s a chance freshman guard Jaylen Nowell and junior guard Matisse Thybulle might do the same. Nowell led UW in scoring with 16 points per game and was named to the Pac-12 all-freshman team while Thybulle was selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in steals for a second consecutive season.
Any departure would be a blow to coach Mike Hopkins’ second UW team. UW is expecting to return junior guard David Crisp along with sophomore center Sam Timmins. The Huskies will also have another season of freshman guards Michael Carter III and Nahziah Carter plus junior swingman Dominic Green to go with freshman forward Hameir Wright.
Whether UW has to replace all three starters, one of the three or none at all, there is a plan in place.
The Huskies have a five-player recruiting class which includes four-star power forward Bryan Penn-Johnson, four-star small forward Jamal Bey, three-star point guard Elijah Hardy, three-star power forward/center Nate Roberts and three-star forward Ed Chang. Bey, Hardy and Roberts have already signed with the Huskies. Penn-Johnson and Chang, however, are verbal commits.
Hopkins and his staff could play some combination of Roberts, Penn-Johnson or Wright at power forward in the event Dickerson should depart. Wright, who is 6-foot-9, averaged 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing in relief of Dickerson. Roberts, who is listed at 6-foot-11, is a three-star center rated by 247 Sports as the 20th best player at his spot. As for Penn-Johnson, he stands at 7-feet and 215 pounds and is the No. 7 center in America.
The 6-foot-8 and 245-pound Dickerson is a former four-star recruit. He was initially committed to Georgetown before backing off and pledging to Florida.
He signed with the Gators while playing at Montverde Academy (Fla.) outside of Orlando.
Dickerson was then released from his National Letter of Intent after Gators coach Billy Donovan left to become the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He ultimately chose UW and played a freshman, averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. He bumped those numbers up to 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore before turning in his All-Pac-12 performance last season.