H: 6' 9"|
W: 255 lbs
(31 Years Old)
|RSCI: 51 ||
High School: Marlboro County
Hometown: Clio, SC
For a college player, there is a lot to like about the Georgia Tech junior. He has no problem playing the center position (although his eventual position at the next level is clearly power forward), he’s tough on the glass, and he finishes extremely well inside. As far as the NBA is concerned however, there is nothing about his game that screams “NBA” and he will have to show significant improvement in a number of areas before he has a legitimate shot of being drafted.
Within ten feet of the basket, Ra’Sean is pretty hard to stop, evidenced by his nearly 60% field goal percentage. He uses his big body and long arms incredibly well, allowing him to get his shot up over taller, more athletic defenders in the ACC. The Yellow Jacket junior showed that he could score against some of the best defenders in the country going to his right, but really struggled going to his left, where his field goal percentage went down substantially. He incredibly favors going to his right hand, making at least 75% of his back to the basket post moves this way. This is surely an area that he will have to improve upon, as any college coach worth his salt will be able to pick that out within 10 minutes of watching him on tape.
Dickey’s shooting range extends to about 18 feet, although he does not shoot many jump shots and is inconsistent from the perimeter. His game is much better suited closer to the rim, as he isn’t a great ball handler and is generally a terrible decision maker. The South Carolina native is a turnover machine, averaging nearly 3 per game with a 1:5 assist to turnover ratio. He will surely have to improve upon this, as he will face constant double teams this season, being one of the ACC’s better returning post players.
Off of the ball, Ra’Sean is a pretty solid defender. He rotates well, gets a ton of help side blocks, and even gets in the passing lanes quite a bit. However, the emerging post’s man to man defense is downright awful. He seems to lack consistent effort on the defensive end, and any opposing power forward or center with a pulse will have a huge night when facing Georgia Tech. This was evidenced by the fact that Tyler Hansbrough (40 points), Craig Smith (games of 26 and 25 points), and Shelden Williams (26 points) collectively averaged 29.25 points per game against the Yellow Jackets in 05-06. This cannot all be credited to Dickey of course, but he was the one who guarded these players in each of the large majority of their respective games.
Dickey finished up last season on a strong note, scoring in double figures in each of Georgia Tech’s final thirteen games. He looked more comfortable on the floor as each game went on, and hopefully for the sake of his NBA potential, he is able to carry that over to this season. The additions of Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeus Young may limit his volume of shots eventually, but the Yellow Jackets will rely heavily upon their junior big man while their super freshman are getting acclimated to playing at the college level.