April 19, 1999
SEATTLE - Center David Dixon from Tyler Junior College in Texas signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced on Monday.
A 6-foot-10, 265-pound sophomore, Dixon was an honorable mention Junior College All-American selection by Blue Ribbon magazine. He averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game in his only season of junior college competition.
Tyler posted a 17-14 record during the 1998-99 campaign under Coach Kyle Keller. The team participated in the regional postseason tournament.
"We're very excited to have David join our program," Bender exclaimed. "Obviously the need for size was a major issue throughout the year and something that we had to address in the spring recruiting. He can come in and play right away.
"The fact that we have recruited David for two years gives us a much better understanding and confidence in his abilities to come in and compete right away. The other intriguing and attractive part of David's NCAA career is that he'll have three years left to play."
Dixon will have a sophomore standing next year at Washington. He has three years of eligibility remaining after missing his first junior college season in 1997-98 with an ankle injury.
The Huskies began recruiting Dixon out of Westbury Christian High School in Houston, Texas. His high school squad, coached by Greg Glenn, won state championships during each of his four years on the team.
Dixon joins a Washington recruiting class that includes Ben Coffee and Will Perkins who both committed during the early signing period in November. Coffee is a 6-6 senior forward from Benson Tech High School in Portland, Ore. Perkins is a 6-9 forward from Omaha, Neb. (Omaha South HS) who is currently a sophomore at Iowa Western Junior College in Council Bluffs.
Those three newcomers join a Washington team that posted a 17-12 record last season and participated in the last two NCAA Tournaments.
Washington Men's Basketball Letter of Intent Signees
David Dixon, 6-10, 265, Houston, Tex. (Westbury HS / Tyler JC, Texas)
Ben Coffee, 6-6, 205, Portland, Ore. (Benson Tech HS)
Will Perkins, 6-9, 210, Omaha, Neb. (Omaha South HS / Iowa Western JC)