Nixon striving for basketball offers

The son of a former BYU basketball player is being looked at by the Cougar coaching staff. Although a sophomore, Dalton Nixon has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but hopes that will change.

Orem High School, right in BYU's backyard, is currently 20-1. One player partially responsible for Orem's success is 6-foot-7-inch, 200-pound sophomore prospect Dalton Nixon.

"I play a small forward or power forward," said Nixon. "My size helps with mismatches. If I get a big guy I can take him outside and shoot the ball on the perimeter. I also lead my team with three-point field goals.

"If I have a smaller guy on me, I can post up down low. So I'm kind of an in-between type and more like a small forward or power forward. I've got pretty good ball handling skills enough to take it to the basket."

As he said, Nixon is a three-point threat.

"My shooting percentage from the three-point range is in the high 30 percentage," said Nixon. "I have around 29 three-pointers on the year so far while averaging around 12.6 points a game."

If the last name Nixon sounds familiar to BYU fans, it should. No, he's not related to former BYU football player David Nixon, but his father Kevin did play for former BYU basketball head coach Roger Reid.

"My dad played basketball at BYU in 1992 to 1993," he said. "He was a 6'9" small forward and played with Garry Trost and Russell Larson. Then after BYU he went and played overseas in Latvia and in Portugal."

After his father's time at BYU was over, he did not cease to be a fan.

"Yeah, he's still a pretty big BYU guy and is pretty close to the coaches," Nixon said of his father.

But what about the up-and-coming younger Nixon? Is BYU taking a look at him much like they did his father?

"BYU is showing a little bit of interest," he said. "So is Utah and Utah State as well. Those three in-state schools have been showing me some interest right now.

"I've gone up and have gotten tickets from Utah and Utah State games from coaches and have watched them play. I've been to practices a couple of times up there and stuff like that."

Although he's currently a sophomore with plenty of recruiting time left on the table, Nixon has been receiving a little more interest from the Utah and Utah State programs at this point than his father's alma mater.

"I do like the coaches up at Utah State and the coaches at Utah. I've talked with Coach Pope, Coach Rose and Coach Nashif at BYU. They seem to like me and they said that I play like my dad, so that's a good thing. I talked to them about a little bit of everything with the BYU coaches."

However, Nixon is hoping the college that once gave his father a chance to play will give him that same opportunity as well.

"Yeah, I'm hoping they offer me," he said. "I want to choose the best place for me and that might or might not be BYU. I'm just looking for somewhere to go where I can contribute in a way that I am right now with the inside-outside game. That's kind of what I'm looking for."

Aside from normal basketball camps this summer, Nixon will play on a new AAU team run by former Utah Jazz star and KJZZ basketball analysis Thurl Bailey.

"I'll be playing at a lot of national AAU tournaments, and I'll be going to a couple of team camps at BYU with Orem High School," said Nixon. "The AAU team I'll be playing on is called the X-Factor and it's run by Thurl Bailey. It's a new program coming up and I'm excited to play with them this year."

A few other players that will join Nixon on the X-Factor team include:

American Fork sophomore center Ryan Andrus (6'7"), who is averaging 6.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. Andrus has been offered by Utah State.

Orem sophomore point guard Quinn Peters (6'2"), who is averaging 5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds a game.

Davis sophomore point guard Abel Porter (6'1"), who averages 8.2 points, 2.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game.

There's an Idaho prospect that the players on X-Factor hope will join them as well.

"We're also trying to get Jared Stutzman to come play with us out of Bonneville High School as well," Nixon said. "He's really good and I know he's been offered by Utah and Utah State."

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