"Big Jelly" to transfer

Center Nigel Dixon, who started 22 games and aaveraged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds last season, was granted his release from new coach Leonard Hamilton. "This is the best thing for my future development," said Dixon. "With an extra year at the collegiate level I can improve my game in every way.

Florida State head men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton has granted junior Nigel Dixon's request to be released from his scholarship. Dixon plans to transfer to another school but has not announced his destination.

Dixon, a 6-foot-10 center, started 22 games and averaged 8.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game for the Seminoles last season. He ranked fourth in the ACC in offensive rebounds and established career high statistics in numbers categories. Dixon averaged 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds during his three-year Seminole career.

"This is the best thing for my future development," said Dixon. "With an extra year at the collegiate level I can improve my game in every way. It will help me become a better player. I would like to thank coach Hamilton and his staff for everything they have done for me."

The Orlando, Fla. native, who has played in 85 games during his career, must sit of the 2002-03 college basketball season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

"Nigel has expressed his desire to transfer from Florida State University," Hamilton said. "We wish Nigel the best of luck in the future. He displayed a good attitude and a strong work ethic since our arrival and we are going to miss his strength and power. I am sure he will be a tremendous asset to another program."


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