BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald has announced the signing of Cliff Dixon on Monday afternoon, becoming the sixth member of the 2009-10 Hilltopper recruiting class. Dixon joins Caden Dickerson, William Green, and Jordan Swing who all inked with WKU during the early signing period in November as well as Terrence Boyd and David Laury who signed on April 15, the first day of the spring signing period. Dixon will enter WKU in the fall as a junior and will have two seasons of eligibility.
"I am really excited, Cliff is another really versatile player with a ton of potential," said McDonald. "I think he is a good kid. I don't even think he has scratched the surface in terms of how much he can improve and how much he can be a threat on the floor. He plays on the perimeter, he plays on inside. He is very long, he's a good athlete, and he can shoot the ball, so he brings a lot of versatility to our team and a lot of mismatch problems for other teams."
Dixon is a 6-10, 215-pound forward from Suitland, Md. Playing for Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) this past season, he averaged 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Averaging 25.4 minutes per contest, Dixon connected on 155-of-326 shots from the field for 47.5 percent. He also shot 62.0 percent from the line (98-of-158), dished out 40 assists, swiped 35 steals, and swatted 35 blocks.
The half-brother of 2007-08 NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant, Dixon is rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit and JucoJunction.com has the post player as the fifth-best junior college player in the country.
Prior to his sophomore season at Hutchinson Community College, Dixon was a teammate of current Hilltopper Anthony Sally at Motlow State Community College (Tennessee). As a freshman, he averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per outing. Dixon played in high school at Suitland High School (Maryland).
WKU finished the 2008-09 season ranked 41st in the RPI ratings as well as receiving votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll after going 25-9 and winning the Sun Belt Conference East Division championship. The Toppers won the SBC Tournament and earned the program's 21st NCAA Tournament appearance, knocking off fifth-seeded Illinois 76-72 in the first round before falling at the buzzer to 10th-ranked Gonzaga 83-81, just missing the program's second-straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
WKU returns four starters for the 2009-10 season including five of their top six scorers.