Eric Dixon is heading to Villanova in the fall of 2019, but before he does, the 6-foot-7 forward has some work to do at Abington High (PA).
Dixon starred this spring & summer for WE-R-1 in the Under Armour Association, putting up regular season averages of 18.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Dixon is skilled, hard-working and a great kid off the court - three characteristics that Jay Wright & the Wildcats are excited about in the future.
Before he gets to campus, he has a huge senior year ahead of him.Below, Dixon penned a letter to his senior year, detailing his goals, his future at Villanova, and what his community means to him.
My senior year is a chance to fulfill a dream. I grew up in Abington and I’ve imagined playing and winning here. I knew there was an opportunity to do big things here and put my name in history. There was no way I could pass up on that and go somewhere else. I can’t get that anywhere else in the country. I think my senior year is different than most with me being from Abington. When I look at this year I just want to fulfill all the dreams I had as a kid when I decided to go here. I’ve always wanted to bring a state championship home and this is my last chance to do it. You can guarantee that I’m leaving it all on the floor every single night and giving it everything I have. We feel like we can win a championship this year. That’s the expectation year in and year out for us. We want to district and then states. That’s always the ultimate goal for us.
It is nice knowing where I’m going to college and not having to deal with all the phone calls because I committed so early. I get to focus on my team, schoolwork and everything else that matters. I get to go into every game with a clear mindset and worry about what matters in the present. Being committed at this stage to a school like Villanova means a lot.
I think it’s great that I’m going into Villanova with players like Bryan Antoine and Justin Moore. It’s cool that they are good players, but I’ve known these guys before they committed and they are just good people. Bryan Antoine and I have the Under Armour connection so we have talked a few times. He’s a real genuine and cool guy that is fun to be around. Obviously, he is one of the best in the country, but what stands out to me is how great of a guy he is and how great he’ll be around the team. Justin Moore is a cool kid, has a team-first mentality and is just an overall winner. I’m really excited to go to war with them and the rest of my teammates there.
This upcoming season, I’m working to be in the best shape possible. I want to be ready to log a lot of minutes and do a variety of things on the court. This previous year I was a scorer and that was pretty much it, but this year I plan on facilitating the basketball, playing good defense and being a good overall leader. I have to do everything I can to win a state championship.
With us losing last year in the state quarterfinals, there is plenty of added motivation to this year. Seeing one of my best friends and teammates in Robbie Heath lose the last game of his senior year was tough. It meant so much to him and he played so hard his last game. I don’t even think I comprehended how much it meant for everyone until it was over. This is my last time putting on this uniform and playing for the Abington community. I take pride in being from Abington and know whenever I’m on the court that I am playing for them.
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