Dion Dixon Commits To Big East School

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By Roy & Harv Schmidt

We had heard rumblings that Dion Dixon was ready to pull the trigger with respect to offering a verbal commitment, and sure enough that is exactly what happened following Dixon's official visit this weekend. As a result, the top available prospect in Illinois from the class of 2008 is now off the board and will be playing his college basketball in the Big East.

Dixon, the 6'3 guard from Crane Tech High School in Chicago, has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati. He chose the Bearcats over Wyoming, Baylor, Ohio State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Dixon pledged his commitment while taking his official visit to the Cincinnati campus this weekend. He cited the fact that Bearcat head coach Mick Cronin is a "player's coach" as being an instrumental factor in his decision. That and the opportunity to play his college basketball in the Big East conference.

There is no question that the Cincinnati coaching staff put in considerable work in their effort to land Dixon. Assistant coach Tony Stubblefield has been in to see Dixon repeatedly throughout his senior season at Crane and coach Cronin came in to watch Dixon at the Martin Luther King Dream Classic at Whitney Young High School in Chicago in January.

Dixon has enjoyed a spectacular senior year at Crane, which is why he emerged as the top unsigned prospect in Illinois from the class of 2008 prior to his commitment. Simply put, Dixon is an ideal combo guard at the next level. While he is a scorer first and foremost and we believe he is most effective at the off-guard spot, he has also shown us that he is capable of playing the point guard position, as he has a good handle and strong playmaking capabilities.

Dixon continues the string of recent success that Crane has had with respect to producing high major caliber guards, following in the footsteps of Will Bynum (Arizona and Georgia Tech) and Sherron Collins (Kansas). He leads a Crane team that is currently 14-8 as it heads into the class 3A sectional at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside, IL this coming week.

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CONGRATS TO COACH ANTHONY LONGSTREET, I HOPE AND PRAY
THAT THIS YOUNG MAN WHOM I'VE NEVER MET,KNOWS HOW
RESPECTED COACH STREET IS AROUND THE NATION, I'M NOT
DIMINISHING HIS TALENT, BUT IN LIFE TALENT WON'T ALWAYS
GET YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
TONY ALLEN- BOSTON CELTICS, OKLAHOMA STATE, A CRANE
GRADUATE AS WELL!

Roy & Harv Respond:

Thanks for reminding us of Tony Allen. We certainly didn't mean to slight him!


Roy and Harv, I like your high school basketball insights and I enjoy reading them. However, you guys overlooked a great year that the Senn Bulldogs had. We finished second in the Red North and we won a Regional Championship, the first in any sport at Senn. We did all this with only one player who had any playing time at the varsity level last year, Robert James. So when you give out those praises don't neglect the hardwork that the other high schools like Senn have put in. Thank you Coach Tony Colston ( Senn H.S. head boy's varsity coach.)

Roy & Harv Respond:

Coach Colston,

It is certainly never our intentions to slight anybody and we congratulate you on another successful season at Senn. You have built a most solid program and you can be assured that we will be giving it just due both now and in the future. We continue to wish you all the best.

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