May 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Ben Dickinson, a freshman American East All-Rookie Team selection from Binghamton University, has committed to transfer to Loyola Marymount and play for the LMU men's basketball program, LMU Head Coach Max Good announced Monday. He will redshirt the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The 6-9 frontcourt player from Alexandria, Va., averaged 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds for the season. He hit for three double-doubles during the season and was BU's leading scorer in 15 games and the team's rebound leader in 18 games.
"We are very fortunate at this stage to get a player of this caliber already with a year of experience," said Head Coach Max Good. "He is really a multi-talented big man, who can really do a little of everything. What has impressed me the most is that he is a terrific passer, especially for a big man."
Dickinson broke the program's freshman scoring record with 405 points. He finished five rebounds away from claiming the rookie rebound record at Binghamton, sitting at 184 for the season.
He produced a game-high 21 points and team-high nine rebounds in BU's thrilling 73-67 win over UMBC in the America East tournament first round at Chase Family Arena. In that game, Dickinson added five assists and a pair of blocks in 43 minutes. He finished the season with a 20-point effort in the America East quarterfinal setback.
"He is an engineering major who is a great student," said Good. "He has great court vision and is a very tough, hard-nosed player. We are lucky to have him."
He ranked eighth in the conference in rebounding (first among freshmen) and 11th in scoring (second among freshmen). He went on to earn CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American this past season, the same honor LMU guard Anthony Ireland earned his first season in 2010-11.
Dickinson, who will be a redshirt sophomore and have three seasons at LMU, gives the Lions five players who have committed to join the team in 2012-13. He joins junior college transfer Chase Flint (Eastern Utah), and high school standouts Taj Adams (Fairfax High School), Nicholas Stover (Windward High School) and Tobe Okafor (Maine Central Institute).
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