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.