The air is getting crisp in Buffalo, and for the first time in a long time, we aren’t a depressed fan base heading into October (thank you football gods). In less than a month, fans will file into Alumni Arena for shooty hoops action, and Bull Run is here to shake off the rust. Before we get talking about how the season could go for both of UB’s basketball programs, let’s spend each day previewing some players.
Kicking off our countdown will be Aireal Dickson, one of the (many) new faces for UB Women’s Basketball.
Hometown: South Holland, Illinois
High School: Homewood-Flossmoor
A native of the Chicago Southland, Dickson comes to Buffalo after a very strong high school career. She averaged 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game in her senior season, which was good enough for third team all-state honors. Considering how much talent is in Illinois, let alone Chicago, that’s pretty good.
According to UB, Dickson was recruited by Power 5 schools like Illinois, Indiana, and Pittsburgh before she chose to come to Buffalo.
Guard that is talented with the basketball and really creates for herself and teammates. Quick with the ball and maneuvers around the defense to get into the paint and distributes with her good passing ability. As well Dickson shoots the ball well from all over either spotting up and off the dribble making her so difficult to defend.
Let’s face it, UB graduated a lot of talent last year, and it’s going to cause some growing pains, at least in the early stages of the season. Dickson could be a key freshman for the Bulls as they recover from the loss of guards like Katherine Ups and Stephanie Reid. I think she’ll definitely see in minutes in most games off of the bench.