Dikembe Dixson, who is a 6-foot-7 junior guard from Bardstown, Ky., has recently moved to the Matewan area with his family.
Dixson is attending Mingo Central High School.
He has received interest from WVU, Louisville, Kentucky, UConn, Iowa State, Illinois, Memphis and Marshall.
He has a cousin, Montrell Dixson, a 6-6 guard-forward, who has also enrolled at Mingo Central and lives with the Dikembe’s family. He reportedly has a brother who has been accepted in the nursing program at SWVCC. Dikembe’s sister plays basketball for Marshall University.
The two need to get a few practices in before they are eligible. But, they should be wearing the Carolina Blue of the Miners jerseys soon.
“They are learning our system and getting used to playing with our guys,” said Mingo Central coach Brad Napier, a Harts native and former longtime assistant coach at Logan High School.
Dikembe made a name for himself at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational camp this past summer. He is definitely on the radar of several Division I schools.
Area hoops fans should be seeing the Dixsons on the hardwood in a few days. They should really help the Mingo Central program with depth and they will also be entertaining to watch.
Tug Valley retires jerseys
NAUGATUCK – Tug Valley High School retired the jerseys of former All-State basketball players Mikey Newsome and Austin Brewer on Tuesday night.
The ceremony was held at halftime of the game with Westside.
The two, who played together since grade school, are now playing hoops with the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston (UC).
The two drove down Corridor G for the ceremony, taking a break from studies and practice at UC.
Their jerseys were framed, along with a picture and their accomplishments and will be displayed in the TVHS cafeteria.
Also introduced were graduates Aaron Muncy and Corey Dillon, who were seniors on last year’s squad.
Principal Johnny Branch presented last year’s team with a new banner that will hang in the TVHS gym showing their 2013 Class A state title.
Two seasons ago, Tug Valley won the Class AA title.