Villanova landed their first commitment in the Class of 2019, as Eric Dixon, a 6-foot-6, 250 pound forward from Abington, Pa., announced that he will be a Wildcat.
Dixon picked the program over the likes of Virginia, Seton Hall and Louisville.
A skilled lefty with three-point range and a below-the-rim game, Dixon is precisely the kind of tweener that has thrived in the Villanova system in recent years. He’s slated to join the program for the 2019-2020 season, meaning that he’ll be coming in to replace Eric Paschall and, if he returns to school next season, Omari Spellman in all likelihood.
And that’s what Villanova sold him on.
“They said they recruit basketball players, and they feel like I’m a multi-talented guy, I can change games in many ways, and they can also help me get a lot better at things I can get a lot better in,” Dixon told Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love. “Seeing what they did with Kris Jenkins, even [Eric] Paschall and Spellman now, that they can work with me and I can come in and help them win games, hopefully right away.
“They felt like I’m unique,” he added. “A little bit like Kris Jenkins, a little bit like Omari Spellman, but in terms of trying to put me in a mold, they see me as Eric Dixon, and they want me to be the best Eric Dixon I can be.”