TJ Bickerstaff, who verbally committed to Drexel University in late September, made it official Thursday afternoon by signing his National Letter of Intent in front of family and friends. Bickerstaff is a highly skilled 6’8” wing from Tyrone, Georgia who should make an immediate impact with the Dragons in 2019. He is extremely versatile having grown up playing point guard and can score from anywhere on the floor. A simple internet search demonstrates his versatility and progression, with listings as a 6’4” PG, 6’7” SG, 6’’8” wing and 6’8” PF. The term Point Forward is even mixed in there. Sound familiar? He joins Mate Okros, a 6’6” shooting guard from Hungary, and likely redshirt freshman Coletrane Washington (a 6’4” SG himself) to complete the incoming freshman class.
TJ was heavily recruited, holding over 20 offers per Verbal Commits, including multiple offers from teams in the Big East and American conferences. Bickerstaff currently attends Sandy Creek High School, where he is an absolute monster on the basketball court. Last season he averaged 15.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg, helping Sandy Creek to a 25-6 record and a trip to the Final Four in the Georgia 4A State Championship. TJ has picked up right where he left off with 24.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg in his first three games of 2019.
247Sports ranks Bickerstaff as a 3 Star athlete and the 2019 class 227th best overall player, 43rd best at his position, and 12th best player in Georgia. His coach, Jon Michael Nickerson, said “He is extremely skilled, strong, has great playmaking ability in the open floor, especially off the defensive rebound” in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer interview.
TJ attended the 2018 NBPA Top 100 Camp this past summer and highlights from the event show his ability to bring the ball up the floor and attack the basket in traffic. He was noted by Verbal Commits as having a reliable in-between game that is hard for coaches to game plan for.
I encourage you to view his Junior Season Remix Tape on YouTube. Sit back and watch this young man ball. You’ll see a creative passer and strong rebounder, with the ability to knock down a 3 pointer with a defender in his face. He can also post up and has great hands, as seen by the several clips of him receiving crafty passes from teammates before finishing with authority. He has a smooth right-handed shot and has the ability to rise for a jumper off the dribble. Another YouTube video shows a dedicated athlete working with a coach on his off-hand game.
Coach Spiker and his staff definitely got a good one, which should earn some love from the fan base.