Where in the world is Jerome Dyson?
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard isn't in the United States right now and won't be until the end of may. Recruiters can find him in Spain shooting around on a homemade basket as he's away from the American hoops world on a study abroad semester.
Dyson, the No. 120 ranked player in the class of 2006, is leaving his home in the Washignton D.C. area for a couple of months to speak Spanish and study the European culture with a dozen or so students from his school Procter Academy in Andover, N.H.
And somewhere in that time, he'll lace up his sneakers and take to the court - hardwood or a dirt road. It doesn't matter to him.
"I'm hoping to find something out there. Maybe I'll find a school or something that has one," Dyson said. "If I have to cut out a plastic milk crate, I'll do that. I'll play somewhere, somehow."
Even though he is leaving the United States, Dyson did manage to find the time to make an unofficial visit to Maryland last week.
"It was good. My mom and I went over and talked to the team and the coaches. They showed me around more on the academic side of things and we had a chance to really talk to the staff about the whole situation there."
The Terps are looking for a scoring wing to pair with point guard Eric Hayes and athletic forward Landon Milbourne in the class of 2006. Did Maryland extend an offer?
"They didn't formally offer me but they said if I wanted to come there they'd have (a scholarship) there for me," Dyson said.
The junior said he's holding offers from George Mason, Providence and UNLV. Several other programs made it a point to see Dyson play this year. Florida, Connecticut, Syracuse, Georgetown, Miami and Florida State are all showing an interest.
While Dyson is away, he said he won't spend too much time worrying about missed calls, tournaments and recruiting letters.
"I haven't really thought about much of the recruiting process to be honest with you. I probably won't until I get back," he said.
Dyson said he will play at the Nike All-American camp in July. He also said there were no concrete plans to play AAU ball when he returns on May 28.