After transferring from Alabama after his freshman season, four-star prospect Rico Pickett is having a strong season at Miami Dade Community College. And a number of schools are pursuing the 6-foot-4, 170-pound combo guard.
Pickett claims offers from Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Manhattan, Maryland, South Florida and Tennessee, but three schools stand out to him the most.
"I'd say Tennessee, Florida and Florida State are recruiting me the hardest, and those are the three schools that stand out to me the most," said Pickett.
With four official visits still at his disposal, Pickett will likely visit those three schools along with a possible surprise pick.
"If I had to pick right now, I'd visit those three schools and Manhattan," he said. "I know Manhattan doesn't really fit with the other schools, but I like the situation there. I like Coach 'Slice' (head coach Barry Rohrssen), and it's an opportunity to play in a different league and be in New York."
After having gone through the recruiting process once and played in the SEC, Pickett has a clear idea of what he is looking for in his next school.
"The first thing is a good relationship with the head coach," he said. "I need that. Playing big minutes right away is important, too. I'll be a junior, so I don't want to play 10 to 15 minutes. I want to play big minutes."
Having always played the point guard position, Pickett has transitioned successfully to the shooting guard position at Dade. With his team sitting at 27-1, Pickett is averaging 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game.
"Playing the two down here was different at first," he said. "I was used to coming back to get the ball and pushing the break. But I've adjusted and it has really helped out my scoring."