From Albuquerque to Atlanta … and now to Laramie, Wyoming.
Former Volcano Vista High School basketball standout Terrin Dickey, who graduated earlier this year, on Christmas afternoon took to his Twitter account to announce that he is going to play collegiately for the University of Wyoming.
The 6-foot-7 Dickey is the first Division I men’s basketball recruit to come out of Volcano Vista. His tweet said only he had committed, not signed.
The Journal could not reach Dickey for comment on Friday.
“Excited to become a Cowboy!” he tweeted. It was not immediately known how quickly he will join the Cowboys program in Laramie. Wyoming plays in the Mountain West Conference.
“I think he has an extremely bright future,” Volcano Vista coach Greg Brown said.
“He has the athletic ability, he’s very quick, he moves very well,” Brown added. “And he’s a really good finisher around the basket with both hands. His overall perimeter game is improving.”
Dickey, who is left-handed, played a power forward position for Volcano Vista, and is the latest in his family to emerge as a D1 athlete.
His older brother Joren, who played at Volcano Vista and graduated in 2018, was a junior linebacker this season for Louisiana Tech — which participated in the New Orleans Bowl on Wednesday. And Dickey’s father, Brown said, is a former New Mexico State football player.
Dickey was competing at a prep school in Atlanta before it was discontinued, according to Brown, who said the marriage between the Cowboys and Dickey was rapidly arranged.
The timing seems to work out well for both parties.
Wyoming 6-8 reserve forward Drew LaMont — who said he is entering the transfer portal — left the program at the start of this week, creating a vacancy that Dickey apparently may have a chance to fill for Cowboys coach Jeff Linder.
Linder was hired to coach Wyoming in March after coming over from Northern Colorado.
“Wyoming really believes he’ll fit their culture, that he has a bright future,” Brown said. Dickey’s perimeter game, which he’ll surely need to flourish at the next level, is improving, Brown said.
Dickey is at least the third player from Albuquerque who graduated in 2020 and left the metro area for a high-profile college prep academy, and who then flirted — or signed — with a D1 program.
Eldorado forward Deraje Agbaosi was slated to compete for an elite post-grad college prep team in Phoenix before he committed in August to the University of New Orleans after a roster spot opened. At the time, Agbaosi indicated that the Privateers would immediately add him to their roster.
However, Agbaosi did not go to Louisiana, and remains in Arizona at a prep school for this season, Eldorado coach Roy Sanchez said, adding Friday that Agbaosi was “keeping his options open” as he looks to solidify his college plans.
Also, former La Cueva shooting guard Tristan Moore is competing for Powerhouse Hoops Prep in Phoenix, but signed during the early signing period last month with Houston Baptist for the 2021-22 season.
Houston Baptist was one of the D1 programs that also offered Agbaosi a scholarship.