Dec. 13, 2007
The Lipscomb Bisons have added two recruits that should provide a scoring boost next season.
The two members of the 2008-2009 class are Wayne Dedrick from Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Jordan Burgason from Ames High School in Ames, Iowa.
"Wayne is very explosive," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson. "He is a great athlete. He can shoot the 3-pointer. He can shoot the ball off the dribble.
"He is very strong. He will be a very good defender at the college level once he learns how we defend. He has all the tools to be a good defender."
As a junior Dedrick averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals as a shooting guard. He was selected as the most valuable player in the Area 9 Tournament and was honorable mention All-State.
Dedrick, 6-foot-2, is also an outstanding baseball player. He is an infielder for the Hillcrest baseball team, winner of the Class 6-A Championship last season.
He plans to only play basketball at Lipscomb. He opened this season with 24 points in his first game.
His father, Thomas Dedrick, played defensive end at Morris Brown College and signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. He later coached at Morris Brown before beginning a career in financial management.
Burgason, 6-3, is a very similar player to Dedrick in terms of style. Both are shooting guards. Burgason has made a reputation for himself as a consistent 3-point shooter. Last season he was a member of the Iowa Class 4-A Substate 2 Team.
"Jordan is a very-skilled player," Sanderson said. "He has a great feel for how to play. He can really shoot the basketball. He is a great decision maker.
"He knows how to play. He understands the right decisions. He can realty shoot the ball. Both of these guys will be able to stretch the defense which is something that we need."
Burgason first official visit was to Lipscomb. And the Bisons were the first program to offer him a scholarship. Some of the school's recruiting Burgason were William and Mary, Air Force and UNC-Charlotte.
Burgason was sold on Lipscomb as a university as well as the basketball program.
"I went down there and loved the place," he told The Ames Tribune. "They have an arena built in the last few years that seats 5,000 people and the place is all about basketball, no football.
"I would have a good chance of playing when I first get there. It just seemed like the perfect choice for me.:"
Both of them are playing for high school teams that could go on and win their respective state titles this season.
"They are both coming from winning programs like our players did last year,' Sanderson said. "Signing players from winning programs is something that we always want to do."
Both Dedrick and Jordan are not only deep in basketball talent. They are both known for their character on and off the court. Sanderson expects both of them to be major assets for both the basketball program and the university.
"We have always had good players here, but the quality of our players has gotten better because of the success we have had. They can both score from the wings
"Wayne and Jordan are both very good students. Both of them have excellent foundations at home. Their moms and dads are solid people who have provided a solid foundation for them both on and off of the floor. That is a big reason why they have both been successful."
Sanderson expects to sign at least one more player. He and his staff are concentrating on finding another post player.