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Villanova Basketball 2020-21 Player Preview: Eric Dixon

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Will Dixon have some of that post-redshirt year magic?

Eric Dixon

Hometown: Willow Grove, Pa.
High School: Abington
Height: 6-8
Weight: 260

Player preview:

A four-star prospect coming into college, Dixon left Abington as the only player in program history to break the 2,000-point mark. He enjoyed a great high school career, but his collegiate career was put on hold when he arrived.

With a crowded rotation in 2019-20, Jay Wright and his staff decided to redshirt Eric Dixon.

During this time, he became an integral member during practice, gained a year of experience within Villanova’s system, and leaned out his body Shack fit style.

Based on this photo from July, he clearly didn’t slack off during quarantine.

Now free to compete during games this season, it’ll be interesting to see what Dixon adds to the rotation. Based on his play in high school, he’s a big, strong forward that is tenacious on the glass. He has the frame and strength to be a threat inside, but he can also punish teams from beyond the arc with a nice three-point stroke.

Could he become the next Wildcat to shine after a redshirt year?

Jermaine Samuels seems to think so.

“With Eric Dixon redshirting, it’s cool to have him,” Samuels said. “He’s gonna make a really good impact on our team. He’s ready to play this year. He’s been coached, and he’s continuing to get better every day on the floor and take coaching.

“I think that’s just a testament to our entire team. There’s a lot of guys that didn’t play last year and they’re all ready to play this year. They’re going to keep getting better and better as time goes on, and I’m excited to see them play and also play on the same floor as them.”

Best case scenario: Dixon becomes the next Wildcat to succeed after a redshirt year. The redshirt freshman provides depth and is able to relish in his first season of in-game action. He becomes a weapon off the bench and gives opponents one more player to worry about, providing valuable minutes as a stretch big in the frontcourt. The whispers behind closed doors seem to only indicate positive things for Dixon, and those rumors come to fruition.

Worst case scenario: Dixon comes off the redshirt year slowly and still needs time getting schemes and concepts down pat. He would be squeezed out of what should be another crowded rotation and would have to wait his turn until the 2021-22 season.

The Wisdom of the Crowds

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2020-21 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points covered in our player preview to supplement your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.

Poll

How many points will Eric Dixon average this season?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    0.0-3.0
    (82 votes)
  • 50%
    3.1-6.0
    (485 votes)
  • 33%
    6.1-8.0
    (318 votes)
  • 8%
    8.1 or more
    (77 votes)
962 votes total Vote Now