This got lost in the shuffle a little bit during all the Cy-Hawk frenzy, but Iowa basketball had a notable win of its own this weekend -- a recruiting win, that is. Fran & Co. picked up a verbal commitment from a key in-state target on Saturday.
Dix, a 6'5" guard from Council Bluffs, is rated a 3* prospect by Rivals and 247 Sports. He chose Iowa over offers Purdue, Wisconsin, Utah, Minnesota, UNI, Drake, and Wake Forest. Dix earned first team All-State honors last season after averaging 19 ppg and 7 rpg.
Dix explained his decision to choose Iowa in an account written for The Des Moines Register:
My official visit to Iowa last weekend really sealed the deal for me. I was considering Iowa, Drake, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Utah all seriously. It was down to those top five. I liked a different thing about everyone, so it was hard. But then, once I took the Iowa visit, I was just kind of like, "Oh yeah, this is a place that feels like home."
I had an incredible weekend with them, and the guys are all match my energy off the court and on the court. I love the way they play. And I just feel like coach McCcaffery is a really good dude who can help me get to that next level.
Chatting with Luka Garza (in Iowa City to be honored at Iowa's home opening football game against Indiana) solidified his decision. He noted that Iowa was one of the first schools to recruit him back in his freshman year and that they had maintained interest in him ever since, with things really heating up this spring.
Dix's biggest strength is his shooting, but he's also a strong ball-handler and noted that McCaffery sees him as a potential Devyn Marble/Joe Wieskamp-type, able to play the 1-3 positions and handle the ball and start fast breaks. Dix should be able to help Iowa space the floor, but he shouldn't be purely a jump-shooter at Iowa, either (a la Josh Oglesby). He has the ability to finish around the room and some shot creation ability as well, which is hinted at by that Marble/Wieskamp comp. Marble and Wieskamp are two of the better -- and most productive -- players of the Fran Era at Iowa, so reaching that level would be quite an achievement for Dix, but if he can produce some scoring pop, floor-spacing, and shot-making for Iowa, he'll be a valuable addition to the team.
You can check out some highlights of Dix here or below:
Welcome to Iowa City, Josh.