University at Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack has some rebuilding to do for next season with the loss of the five members of the most successful senior class in Bulls women’s basketball history.
Tuesday, UB added an important piece to that rebuilding when Legette-Jack announced the signing of Aireal Dickson to a National Letter of Intent. Dickson will join the Bulls for the 2018-19 season after finishing her career at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Illinois.
Dickson averaged 15.0 points, including a high of 29 points, and 5.0 assists per game for Homewood Flossmoor. She was a fourth team All-State selection by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. As a junior she helped Homewood-Flossmoor to a 20-3 record and a place in the Elite Eight of the Illinois state Tournament.
"Dickson is the final piece of our impressive six-player recruiting class that will help continue the journey to new found heights here at Buffalo," Legette-Jack said. "She will bring her defensive intensity, ball handling prowess and court vision to our squad to help us achieve our goals. She is very committed to our CAB approach (character, academics, basketball), which makes her an instant assset to our program."
Meanwhile, on the men’s basketball side at UB, two recruits who were early signees completed successful prep seasons, adding to the bright promise they bring to coach Nate Oats’ team.
Rochester native Jeenathan Williams, a 6-foot-4 shooting yard, was listed as the 83rd best prospect in the latest Rivals Top 150 for the Class of 2018. He jumped up 45 spots in the latest list released Monday, the highest jump of any player in the nation. He is one of just nine players to commit to a non-Power 5 school out of 150 and he is the fourth highest on the list among non-Power 5 commits.
Williams becomes the first Mid-American Conference recruit on the Rivals Top 150 list since 2010 when Trey Zeigler committed to play for his father at Central Michigan.
After three seasons starring at University Prep in Rochester, Williams played last season at Prolific Prep in Napa Valley, Calif., where he averaged 15.8 points per game including a season high 24 points against Westtown School. He scored 20 or more points six times, including against Bella Vista Prep out of Arizona at the Grind Session World Championships.
Five-foot-11 point guard Ronaldo Segu, another incoming freshman, helped Orlando Christian Prep to the state 3A championship in Florida. He had 11 points and three steals in the state championship game.
He was an All-Orlando area fourth team selection and was ranked as the 44th best point guard in the country by Rivals.
A third UB recruit, 6-3 guard Javion Hamlet from Motlow State Community College in Tennessee enrolled at UB in January and has three seasons of eligibility remaining after he led the nation’s junior colleges in assist in 2016-17.
Niagara (11-17) at St. Bonaventure (7-19): Coach Larry Sudbrook will be trying to gain his 700th victory at Bona when the Big 4 rivals meet in a 3:30 p.m. game at Fred Handler Field. Greg Cullen of Niagara leads the nation with a .47 batting average. He has 50 hits and 20 RBIs on the season.