Tim Dixon, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Oldsmar, Fla., committed to Georgia during his official visit this past weekend, his high school coach confirmed.
Dixon becomes the Bulldogs second basketball commitment for 2011 and plans to sign in the early period in November. He chose UGA over Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and South Carolina, among others.
“Clearly, Coach [Mark] Fox has done a great job in his coaching career at Nevada and now turning it around at Georgia,” said Oldsmar Christian coach Ryan Pannone. “Coach Kwanzaa Johnson did a great job of recruiting him. He made Tim feel like a priority from Day One, not just this year but going back to his junior year.”
Dixon is a three-star prospect and is considered somewhat of a project since he is relatively thin for a frontline position. But he has exceptional range and quickness and is a unusually good shooter for his size.
“Mark and his staff did a great job of developing post players at Nevada, players not considered pros when they got there but they made it,” Pannone said. “Georgia seemed like a great fit for him.”
At Georgia, Dixon will join Kentavious Caldwell and Nick Marshall, two fellow members of the Georgia Blazers AAU team. Caldwell, a five-star-rated shooting guard, committed to the Bulldogs back in July. Marshall is a UGA football commitment who plans to also play basketball. Dixon is rated a three-star prospect.
Dixon is originally from Columbus but moved to Tampa to play for and be developed by Pannone.
“Most of Tim’s family is still in Columbus and they’re a very close-knit family,” Pannone said. “Georgia will be close enough for his family to come see him play but far enough away that he’ll feel like he’s off on his own. It seemed like a perfect fit.”
I’ll be talking to Dixon at 3:15 this afternoon so check back for more updates.
2011 GEORGIA BASKETBALL COMMITMENTS