Jermaine Dixon Signs LOI

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball program signed junior college player Jermaine Dixon to a National Letter of Intent, Head Coach Jamie Dixon announced on Monday. The NCAA Division I spring men's basketball signing period runs from Wednesday, April 16 to Wednesday, April 23.

"We are extremely excited about Jermaine joining our Pitt basketball family," Dixon said. "He is a terrific person and a very talented basketball player. Jermaine played for an excellent coach in Eddie Barnes at Tallahassee Community College and gained valuable experience competing in the Panhandle Conference, one of the best junior college conferences in the nation. We anticipate Jermaine having the opportunity to make an immediate impact on our team."

Dixon is ranked among the nation's top junior college guards in the Class of 2008. He is ranked the nation's No. 8 junior college player by and the nation's No. 4 JUCO off guard by

Dixon is one of five student-athletes who will enroll at Pitt this fall. The four other players include guard Ashton Gibbs (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), forward Dwight Miller (Nassau, Bahamas/St. Pius X H.S. (Houston, Texas)), wing Nasir Robinson (Chester, Pa./Chester H.S.) and guard Travon Woodall (Paterson, N.J./St. Anthony's Prep).

Pitt concluded its 2007-08 season with a 27-10 overall record, won the 2008 Big East Tournament title and appeared in its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament.

JERMAINE DIXON Guard, 6-3, 190, Junior, Baltimore, Md./Tallahassee Community College/Maine Central Institute/Blake H.S.

THE STORYLINE: Originally from Baltimore, Md., Jermaine Dixon is a junior college transfer from Tallahassee Community College (Fla.), who will have two years of eligibility at Pitt. Dixon has been described as a physical athletic guard who can go from A to Z very quickly. As a lefthander, he is a natural scorer who can penetrate and attack the basket. Dixon is also extremely coachable and loves to compete. His older brother, Juan Dixon, plays for the NBA's Detroit Pistons and is a former standout guard at Maryland.

PRIOR TO PITTSBURGH: Played two seasons at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. for Head Coach Eddie Barnes...Two-time All-Panhandle Conference First Team selection...Led the Eagles to a 17-10 record as a sophomore...Scored over 1,000 career points in two-year junior college career and became the first player in school history to lead Tallahassee C.C. in scoring (20.9 ppg.), rebounding (6.7 rpg.) and assists (98) as a sophomore...Also led the team in steals (76) and set a school record with 157 free throws made (78 percent, 157-201)...Preseason Second Team JUCO All-America selection by the NJCAA and Panhandle Conference preseason player of the year candidate prior to his sophomore season...Named the NJCAA Player of the Week (Dec. 12)...Scored a career-high 36 points vs. Chipola J.C....Won game on two free throws and scored 20 points in win vs. Pensacola J.C....Scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. New Shoals C.C....Scored 28 points with six rebounds vs. Middle Georgia...Registered double-double (17 points/10 assists) vs. Surry C.C....First Team All-Junior College America selection by The Sporting News as a sophomore...Earned First Team All-Panhandle Conference team selection and Freshman of the Year honors in 2006-07...Named a First Team Super Sophomore by The Sporting News...Led team in scoring (15.7 ppg.), steals (2.3 spg.) and assists (4.1 apg.) and averaged 4.5 rebounds per game as a freshman...Scored 31 points vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked JC team Chipola...Recorded first career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds vs. North Florida...Scored 26 points vs. Pensacola J.C....Finished with 27 points vs. Okaloosa-Walton...Ranked the nation's No. 8 junior college recruit by the nation's No. 23 junior college player and No. 4 off guard by at the Jerry Mullen JUCO Top-120 Camp in Tulsa, Okla....Also played at Maine Central Institute for Head Coach Ed Jones...Averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game at MCI.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended James Hubert Blake High School in Baltimore, Md. where he was coached by Damon Pigrom...Guided Blake to a state title game appearance...Averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior...Second Team All-State selection and First Team All-Gazette selection...Played for the Baltimore Select AAU squad.

PERSONAL: Born Jermaine Cooper Dixon on April 15, 1987...Son of Juanita Dixon and Robert Cooper...One of four children: Phil III, Juan, Nicole and Jermaine...Younger brother of current Detroit Pistons player and former University of Maryland guard Juan Dixon...Dixon helped guide Maryland to the 2002 national championship...Person he admires most: his brother...Aunt is Sheila Dixon, current Mayor of Baltimore...Favorite professional sports team and athlete is the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant...Considered Arkansas, UNLV, Kansas State, Maryland and George Mason in the recruiting process.

2007-08 PITT MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEES (for fall, 2008)







Jermaine Dixon





Baltimore, Md./Tallahassee J.C./Blake

Ashton Gibbs





West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep

Dwight Miller





Nassau, Bahamas/St. Pius X (Houston)

Nasir Robinson





Chester, Pa./Chester H.S.

Travon Woodall





Paterson, N.J./St. Anthony's Prep

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