• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 five-star Gradey Dick

Tell me about where you grew up.

I grew up in the Dub K, (Wichita, Kansas) youngest of 4 siblings.

Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?

Basketball was always huge in our house, pretty much just sports in general but my mom put the ball in my hands. She played at Iowa St and professionally in Japan before there was the WNBA.

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

I probably started taking bball serious when my summer team first started really traveling in 6th grade.

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

My mom played bball at Iowa St and professionally in Japan before there was the WNBA and my dad played football and baseball at Fort Hays St. My sister rowed at Kansas University.

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

I’d describe my game as versatile, I can do many different things, shoot it and still have the ability to drive and finish above the rim.

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

I can’t really describe what basketball means to me, it’s one of the first hobbies I’ve had and it’s still one of the most important things in my life. Basketball’s introduced me to people I’d never thought I’d meet and places I’d never thought I’d go.

How do you feel about your current ranking?

It’s always good to move up in the rankings and I’m blessed to be ranked a 5 star but in the end, rankings don’t really mean anything, it’s how you perform.

Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?

I feel like rankings don’t really mean anything in the end and it’s how you perform.

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially, or virtually?

Unofficially visited Kansas, Kansas St, Baylor, Oklahoma, SMU, Nebraska, Wichita St, Iowa St. Virtual with Florida and Virginia

You're down to 8 schools: Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Texas Tech, and Purdue. What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

I’d say just keep in touch through text and calls and zooms are helpful putting names to faces.

Have you with anyone in your class about forming a package deal in college?

Obviously I live with Kendall Brown (Baylor commit) and Zach Clemence (KU commit) and Baylor and Kansas are in my top 8 so we joke about it all the time but not very serious.

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

My parents help me through recruiting especially my mom since she went through the same process.

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

Something I’d learned from recruiting is just to enjoy it and not let it get too stressful and that it’s your recruitment, no one else’s so do everything at your own speed.

Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?

I wouldn’t say it’s a priority but it’d obviously be more fun to have more talent and a good team.

Let’s flash forward a few years. You get your first NBA paycheck. What’s the first three things you buy?

Cars for mom and dad, a dog, and a nice house

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