Senior shooting guard and captain Odell Dickerson scored his 1000th career point on Friday, March 1, 2019 off of a free throw in the the Vikings first playoff game against Long Reach. Dickerson is now the second Vikings player to score one thousand points this season. Dickerson and teammate Brandon Prox are the first two Mt. Hebron Boys Basketball players to reach this milestone since 2001. Only 42 Howard County basketball players have ever reached the milestone.
Coach Jared Ettinger reflected on the two players saying, “We are blessed to have two 1,000 point scorers on our team. They are both tremendous talents and have represented Mt. Hebron basketball very well. I am extremely proud of them both,” he shared.
Directly after the milestone shot, Dickerson was awarded with a plaque and a custom made basketball by senior Sierra Faish in the center of the court. His name, “Mt. Hebron High School,” and the years 2018-2019 were painted on the front of the ball with the number “1,000” written across the center. While he stood on the court with both awards in hand, Dickerson was applauded by students, parents, and teachers.
“It was a great feeling,” he explained.
“Not everyone can say they have scored 1,000 career points.”
It all began for the now 6’4 senior when he was just four years old.
“Developing a love for the game did not take long at all,” said Dickerson. A decade later, Dickerson’s love for the game grew after reaching the varsity level. Dickerson was previously enrolled at Chapelgate Christian School after leaving Mt. Hebron after freshman year and played for the school’s basketball team, but re-enrolled at Mount Hebron for his senior year and was welcomed by the team and the coaching staff that was more than happy to have him on their squad. Dickerson grew up playing basketball with many of his current teammates, making his transition to the team very smooth for both he and his teammates.
On top of this major accomplishment, Dickerson’s success in his senior season was backed up by his stat-lines.
“He is leading the team in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 19.7 points on 42% shooting and 7.7 rebounds a game. These are very impressive statistics. He is also a captain and has provided an important, mature leadership role for our team,” explained Ettinger.
“I really enjoy watching Odell and the rest of the team play,” said Mt. Hebron Athletic Director, Mr. Brian Rau.
“Odell is a very athletic and explosive player. His ability to elevate on his jump shot allows for him to get good looks and his ability to rebound and play in the post position allows for him to play all positions on the court.”
As for the future, Dickerson plans to continue to improve his talents to by playing basketball in college. Dickerson has yet to make a choice in regards to his college decision, keeping the Mt. Hebron community on their toes as to where the County All-Star will end up.
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