Forward Jessica Dickson helped catapult the women’s basketball program into the national spotlight during her career. Now she has a personal Web site to show how she did it and what she’s accomplished in her career.
For anyone who is curious about awards Dickson has won, her statistics or want to know more about her, anyone can see the Web site USF has created. JD25.com has Dickson’s complete bio, a photo gallery and even a blog written by her.
Dickson didn’t expect to have her own Web site, but she likes the idea.
“I think that the Web site is really neat because it gives the fans a chance to know things about me,” Dickson said. “I’m just amazed that I have a Web site, but it’s a great thing for me and for the team.”
The Web site is a way to promote Dickson’s skills on the court and her personality off the court. Dickson has milestones to reach and personal awards to add to her trophy case this season, but all she is concerned about is dancing – into March Madness, that is.
Dickson got a small taste of what it feels like to play in the postseason after the Bulls captured their first NCAA Tournament bid last season.
She and her teammates are focused on handling business in the Big East. USF has added depth to complement Dickson’s talents, and she feels the time is now.
“We believe that we are Big East champions and that we can capture the Big East title,” Dickson said. “And I don’t think that it is far fetched to think that way.”
Dickson proved she is the type of player who can carry a team. She led the country in scoring for 11 of 17 weeks last season, and she dominates offensively at any time.
“(Dickson) is the reason we have three banners (two WNIT appearances and one NCAA berth) in the rafters of the Sun Dome,” coach Jose Fernandez said. “She’s a tireless worker and not only a great player, but a great person.”
Even though she has been named a preseason All-American and the Big East Preseason Player of they Year, as well as a National Player of the Year candidate, Dickson is only concerned about team goals this season.
“I don’t really get wrapped up in all the Player of the Year and All-American talk, because it’s just an award,” Dickson said. “All I think about is all the hard work it took to get here, shooting in the gym until I was tired. All that work has paid off to help the team win.”
Fernandez was excited about the opportunity to give back to Dickson for all she’s given to the program. He also believes this will help get Dickson’s name out for the national media to see.
“I think this Web site gives an (Associated Press) voter or someone on the Wooden Committee a chance to get to know Jessica,” Fernandez said. “I think she deserves to have a Web site like this after what she’s done for this program.”