UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Two-year letterman who came to Washington after two years at Tyler (Texas) Junior College ... Dropped 30 pounds since last season and is in the best shape of his career ... Is the only true center on the Washington roster after senior Marlon Shelton suffered a season-ending knee injury. 2000-01 (Junior) -- Scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in upset of 13th-ranked UCLA (Mar. 3) ... Blocked five shots against Washington State (Feb. 3), the highest single-game total by a Husky since Nov. 16, 1998 ... Had 13 starts at center in 2001 highlighted by a 16-point, five-block, six-rebound game against Washington State (Feb. 3). 1999-2000 (Sophomore) -- Teamed with Marlon Shelton to fill the starting center position vacated by two-time All-Pac-10 selection Todd MacCulloch, a second-round pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers ... Netted a team-high 12 points while pulling down four rebounds against Oregon State (Jan. 23) ... Grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots in a victory over Washington State (Feb. 5) ... Played in 21 games with two starts in his first season with the Huskies ... Signed a Washington letter-of-intent on April 19, 1999.
TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE
1998-99 (Freshman) -- An honorable mention junior college All-America selection by Blue Ribbon Yearbook ... Averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game during 1999, his only season of junior college competition ... His Tyler team posted a 17-14 record in 1999 and participated in the regional postseason tournament ... Registered single-game high performances of 25 points and 23 rebounds ... His junior college coach is now an assistant on Eddie Sutton's staff at Oklahoma State ... Tyler JC is one of the premier junior college programs in the nation, having produced NBA veterans Robert Pack, Sam Mack and David Benoit ... Also recruited by Arizona State, Baylor, Florida State and Washington State. 1997-98 (Red-shirt) -- Sat out his freshman year in 1998 with a broken ankle.
WESTBURY CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL
Averaged 15 points per game his senior season for perennial state championship contender Westbury Christian coached by Greg Glenn ... Started his final two seasons for Westbury which won the state championship both years ... His prep squad won state championships during each of his four seasons on the team ... Originally signed with Wyoming, but opted to attend Tyler JC after the Cowboys underwent a coaching change.
COACH BENDER ON DAVID DIXON
"Some of our returning players were making strides, in spite of a losing season, showing that they were more than capable of taking another step in their development. The most obvious example of that is David Dixon. He ended the year on a positive note and has continued that progress through the off-season. People won't recognize David. If he can get some confidence early and build upon what he finished off last year we'll see the best of David Dixon in his third year. The pressure doesn't cease. His physical conditioning was a discussion not only publicly, but also for us as a staff. Amazingly, as much scrutiny and pressure as he dealt with, I never sensed in him a lack of confidence. He consistently battled whether it was in practice or games. I hope that he's able to continue to do that."