Senior Jermaine Dixon is Pitt's lone returning starter from last year's team. The lefthander proved to be a mentally and physically tough competitor, quick slasher and efficient shooter last year as a junior. Dixon is a natural scorer who can penetrate and attack the basket. He also emerged as Pitt's lock-down perimeter defender as his assignment often included guarding the opponent's best perimeter player. Last year, Dixon emerged as Levance Fields' backcourt counterpart after transferring to Pitt following two seasons at Tallahassee Junior College. This season, Dixon's experience and leadership will prove valuable to the Panthers.
Started all 36 games at off guard...Averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game on year...Averaged 10.1 points per game and hit 35.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in Big East play...Accumulated a 2.00 assist:turnover ratio...Earned team's Best Defensive Player Award at team banquet...Reached double figure scoring in 15 games on year...Over the season's final 22 games and since a shooting workout led by his brother Washington Wizards guard Juan Dixon, converted 46.4 percent (73-157) of his field goals, 37.9 percent (25-66) of his 3-point attempts and scored 204 points (9.2 ppg.)...Finished with 13 points (5-9 FG), hit 2-5 3-pointers with four rebounds vs. Marquette, 3/4...Tied his career-high with five rebounds and scored 14 points at Seton Hall, 2/28...Finished with 11 points (3-5 3FG) vs. DePaul, 2/21...Tied his career-high for assists (five) and scored 11 points at Connecticut, 2/16...Finished with 14 points (6-10 FG) vs. Cincinnati, 2/14...Finished with 15 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3FG) and three steals vs. Robert Morris, 2/2...Scored 16 points, was a perfect 3-3 on 3 pointers and grabbed a career-high five rebounds vs. Notre Dame, 1/31...Registered a career-high six steals in 31 minutes at Villanova, 1/28. The six steals rank as the 10th all-time best performance in school history...Finished with a career-high tying hree 3-pointers (3-5 3FG), four assists and 11 points at West Virginia, 1/25...Set a career-highs for points (19), minutes (31), 3-point field goals made (3) and free throw attempts (7) at Louisville, 1/17...Scored 17 points and had a career high for field goals made (7) and steals (4) against St. John's, 1/11...Scored 10 points at Rutgers, 12/31...Finished with 11 points (2-5 3FGM) at Florida State, 12/21...Scored 12 points (5-13 FG) with four rebounds and three steals vs. Duquesne, 12/3...Scored 10 points (4-10 FG) with a career-high three blocks and four rebounds in 31 minutes vs. Belmont, 11/25...Scored 14 points (6-9 FG) with two assists in 27 minutes vs. Miami, Ohio, 11/17...Made first career start with four assists vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 11/14.
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...First Team Junior College All-America selection by The Sporting News as a sophomore...Named a First Team "Super Sophomore" by The Sporting News...Led the Eagles to a 17-10 record as a sophomore...Scored 1,050 career points in two-year junior college career and ranked among school leaders in points per game (18.1), field goals made (372), field goal attempts (855), free throws made (252), free throw attempts (335), assists (219) and steals (142)...One of only two players in school history to finish a career with over 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals (Bootsy Thornton was the other player)...As a sophomore, became the first player in school history to lead Tallahassee C.C. in scoring (20.9 ppg.), rebounding (6.7 rpg.) and assists (98) in the same season...Also led the team in steals (76) and set a single season school record with 157 free throws made (78 percent, 157-201)...Preseason Second Team JUCO All-America selection by the NJCAA...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 vs. Middle Georgia...Registered double-double (17 points/10 assists) vs. Surry C.C....Earned First Team All-Panhandle Conference team selection and Freshman of the Year honors in 2006-07...Led team in scoring (15.7 ppg.), steals (2.3 spg.) and assists (4.1 apg.) and also averaged 4.5 rebounds per game as a freshman...Scored a then career-high 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...Ranked the nation's No. 8 junior college recruit by JucoJunction...Rated the nation's No. 23 junior college player and No. 4 off guard by Hoopmasters.
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...Attended James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, 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.
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...Raised by his brothers Phil and Juan after his mother passed away from an AIDs related illness...Basketball became the family's therapy...Younger brother of current Washington Wizards player and former University of Maryland guard Juan Dixon...Dixon helped guide Maryland to the 2002 national championship title...Phil Dixon played basketball at NCAA Division III Shenandoah College (Va.)...He shattered multiple school records in his college career...Person he admires most: his brother Juan...Aunt is Sheila Dixon, current Mayor of Baltimore...Switched to jersey No. 24 after wearing No. 3 as a junior last year...Considered Arkansas, UNLV, Kansas State, Maryland and George Mason in the recruiting process...Majors in administration of justice.
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