Coach Lohn Lucas’ basketball camps are known for being some of the best ran camps in the country. Time after time, they bring out a who’s who of the nation’s top talent. However, they also produce some hidden gems. This year’s Midwest Invitational was no exception.
Dikembe Dixson, who stands at 6’7″, is a junior at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, KY. He has a tremendous skill set that he says he models off of Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. He also has the manners and personality to go along with his game.
This past Saturday, Justin and I were introduced to Dixson. He came over, shook my hand and posed for the above picture. I watched him perform in several drills, as well as some live game action. His performance not only impressed us, but several other media members, scouts and coaches. I caught up with him on Sunday for a follow up interview regarding the camp, his style of play and his college recruitment.
“I think that I did really good,” he told me, in reference to his play at the camp. “Better than I thought I’d do. I think I did good at driving the ball to the basket and helping the team out with points. I also think I did good with my passing and ball handling. When most people see me, they’re like ‘Dang, I thought he was just a scorer.’ But then they see me passing, rebounding and getting steals. So that’s why I think I did really good.”
Two things that really stood out to me when getting my first look at Dikembe were his shot blocking and passing abilities. I asked him how important it is to him to be more than “just a scorer”.
“That’s the most important thing,” he reasoned. “Because if you go against a good defender and they stop you from scoring, you have other things that you can fall back on and still help out the team. If I was just a scorer and I got stopped by a good defender, I wouldn’t be any help to the team.”
Dixson told me that he has been hearing from a variety of schools. So far, he has received interest from Kentucky Wesleyan, Connecticut, West Virginia, Morehead State, Indiana State, Stanford, Detroit and, most recently, Kentucky. The Wildcats contacted Dikembe this weekend after his performance at the Midwest Invitational. That list is guaranteed to expand very soon. He hasn’t taken any visits yet, but he plans to start taking some during this school year.
We’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on Dikembe Dixson, as he promises to be one of the best players in the area, state and maybe even the country. The sky is truly the limit for this young man.