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  Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon
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High School:
Calvert Hall

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 164



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On Dixon: All-America shooting guard among the most dynamic scorers and all-around players in the country … rated the nation's top 1 or 2 shooting guards by multiple preseason publications prior to leading Maryland to the Final Four in 2001 … second-year preseason candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Player of the Year Awards … slashing scorer who creates well off the dribble and makes opportunities both for himself and for teammates … described by teammates as "fearless" … first Terp since Joe Smith and just the fifth overall to earn ACC first team honors in back-to-back seasons … can become the only Terrapin besides John Lucas (1974-76) to earn first team distinction in three consecutive seasons … can also become the only Terp besides Lucas ever to lead Maryland in scoring in three straight seasons … led Maryland with 18.0 and 18.2 points per game as a sophomore and a junior, respectively … also led Maryland and the ACC with 2.7 and 2.6 steals, respectively, in each of those seasons … can become just the fourth player in ACC history to lead the circuit in steals in three straight seasons, including Maryland's Johnny Rhodes (1994-96) … 13th player in Maryland history to amass 1,500 points in a career … currently 13th among career scoring leaders, third in steals and third in 3FGs … enters his senior campaign 615 points shy of the Maryland career scoring record, after averaging 642 in each of the past two seasons … enters his senior campaign 104 thefts shy of Rhodes' school and league record 344 career steals … he would become only the second ACC player besides Rhodes (110 in 1996) ever to record 100 steals in a season, after making 95 and 96 thefts in each of the last two years … needs 40 3FGs to break Rhodes' school record for career 3FGs … fifth player in Maryland history to score 30 points or more at least five times (Walt Williams-15, Joe Smith-7, Len Bias-6, John Lucas-5, Juan Dixon-5) … scored in double figures in 66 of his last 71 games … has never fouled out in 105 career games.

Williams on Dixon: "Well, everybody knows Juan’s story by now, but what I like about Juan is that he is not satisfied. He has already won a tremendous amount of awards, but what is great is watching him score against teams whose defense is really geared to stopping him. It’s just really incredible. His play in big games is great because there are some guys who can score a lot of points, but when it comes to the big games they may not want to take the big shot. Juan is the kind of player that just wants the ball in key situations against good teams. He has dramatically improved his ball handling, and he has become a very good outside shooter to complement his scoring ability as he drives to the basket. The thing I like most about Juan is that he has no fear of anybody that plays against him. He is not afraid to place himself in pressure situations. He’s one of the most positive players I’ve coached in terms of staying with his shot and not letting slumps or setbacks get in his way. He’s very resilient."

2000-01: Started all 36 games … third team All-America selection by Basketball Times and the NABC … honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press … All-NCAA West Region … first team All-ACC … first team ACC All-Tournament … ACC All-Defensive Team … shared team MVP honors with Lonny Baxter … ACC steals leader for second straight season with 2.6 per game … fifth in ACC with 18.2 points per game, fourth in ACC games with a 19.1-point average … also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists … in the NCAA Tourney, averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals … ranked 13th among NCAA steals leaders, and 26th among free throw shooting leaders … scored in double figures in 34 of 36 games as a junior, and posted steals in 35 of 36 games … second in the ACC in free throw percentage at 86.5 percent … second-highest free throw percentage in Maryland history, and the best of any player with 100 or more attempts … made school-record 40 consecutive free throws to open the ACC season … made 60 of 61, with another streak of 20 straight … finished junior season with the third-best Maryland campaigns in steals (95) and 3-point field goals (62) … enjoyed one stretch with 19 or more points in 11 consecutive games, and 12 of 13 … season-high 30 points at home against Wake Forest and NC State … ended the regular season with 30 points against NC State, 23 vs. Oklahoma, 28 at Duke and 21 against Virginia … ACC Player of the Week in each of the regular season's final two weeks … scoreless at halftime against No. 15 Oklahoma, changed shoes at halftime and blistered the Sooners for 23 points in the second period, prompting OU coach Kelvin Sampson to say, "he's as good as advertised" … three nights later, Dixon shot 11 of 20 from the floor and added five steals as the Terps beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the second straight season … reaction from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, "Dixon was literally sensational" … scored 28 points with a career-high eight steals against Georgia Tech on Jan. 6 … tied a career-high with 11 rebounds vs. Clemson on Feb. 4, producing the second double-double of his career … matched a career-high with eight assists against Chicago State on Dec. 27.

1999-00: Honorable mention All-America guard … first-team All-ACC … ACC All-Defensive first team … first team ACC All-Tournament … twice named ACC Player of the Week … started all 35 games as a sophomore, leading the ACC in steals (2.7) and finishing second in the league with 18.0 points per game … also was second in the league with a 19.8-point clip in ACC games only … 630 points were the ninth-highest figure in Maryland history … averaged a team-high 34.0 minutes per game … also led Maryland with 49 3-point field goals … was fourth in the ACC in free throw percentage (.790) and sixth in assists (3.6) … his 96 steals rank as the second-best season total in Maryland history and established a new sophomore class record … shot 46.2 percent overall and 36.3 percent from 3-point range … 44.8 percent shooting from long distance in conference games … scored in double figures in 32 of 35 games … 20 points or more on 13 occasions, and at least 30 points three times … career-high 33 points vs. Georgia Tech came on 12 of 17 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 3-pointers on Feb. 16 … also had 31 points in a road loss to the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 16 … matched his 31-point effort in the Terps' 98-87 win at Duke on Feb. 9 … shot 14 of 19 against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium … opened the season with three straight 20-plus career scoring performances -- 20 vs. San Francisco, 25 vs. Tulane and 26 against Fairleigh Dickinson … career rebounding high of 11 vs. Kentucky at Madison Square Garden … notched first double-double with 18-point, 10-rebound effort against Coastal Carolina … team leader in free throws (113) and percentage, shot 8 of 10 in NCAA first round game vs. Iona … was 10 of 12 at the stripe at Georgia Tech … was perfect from the line in seven straight games from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7 … buried career-best five three-point field goals on three different occasions … was 5-of-7 behind the arc vs. Tulane, 5-of-10 at Temple, and 5-of-9 against North Carolina at Cole on Feb. 26 … recorded three or more steals on 21 different occasions … had six straight games of three or more steals from Jan. 27 at North Carolina to Feb. 13 at Temple.

1998-99: Earned honorable mention ACC All-Freshman honors as he averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds … led all ACC freshmen in steals (50) and steals per game (1.5) … his 50 steals rank as the second-best single-season effort by a Maryland freshman behind Johnny Rhodes’ 71 during the 1993 season … became the first freshman in school history to lead the Terps in free-throw percentage (.830) … his 36 3-point shots made ranks tied as the second-best effort by a Maryland freshman … his 97 attempts from beyond the arc also ranks second among all freshmen in school history … Johnny Rhodes (59-173) is the freshmen leader in both categories during the 1993 season … among the freshmen leaders in the ACC in 3-point shooting … his 36 3-point shots made ranked fourth while his .371 shooting percentage ranked second only to Chris Dawson of Wake Forest among ACC freshmen … began the season in strong fashion with 14 points, aided by four 3-pointers, against Western Carolina in his first college game … enjoyed double-figure scoring in seven of his first 10 career games … season-high of 18 points at Wake Forest on Jan. 31 …was the second time during his freshman season that he led the Terps in scoring (also against AU Puerto Rico on Nov. 26) … scored 14 points as Maryland defeated AU Puerto Rico in the first round of the Puerto Rico Shootout … scored in double figures in all three games of the Shootout as the Terps won the championship … averaged 12.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.7 steals and shot 60.0 percent (12-20) from the field in the Terps’ three-game sweep … in his ACC debut, added 14 points in 16 minutes against Wake Forest in Cole Field House on Dec. 3 … 12 points against DePaul in the championship game of the BB&T Classic on Dec. 8 … hit two game-clinching free throws to lead Maryland past Virginia on Jan. 7 in Charlottesville … his two free throws came with 3.4 seconds remaining and put the Terps up 71-66 … scored seven points against Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament … played 17 minutes, scored five points and added one assist against St. John’s in an NCAA Sweet Sixteen game.

1997-98: Redshirt season … originally signed with Maryland during the fall 1996 recruiting period … began practice with the team in December 1997.

High School: Graduated in 1997 from Calvert Hall High School in Baltimore … two-time All-Metro first-team selection by the Baltimore Sun ... All-Baltimore City/County first-team selection by the Baltimore Sun following his stellar junior and senior seasons ... All-Catholic League first-team and All-Catholic League Tournament selection ... scored 1,590 total career points ... scored 790 points and averaged 23.4 points and 4.5 rebounds during his senior season ... shot nearly 90 percent from the free-throw line as a senior ... averaged 21.9 points while shooting 47 percent from the field as a junior ... led Calvert Hall to the Catholic League Tournament finals during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Calvert Hall won consecutive MIAA A conference championships with Dixon in the lineup … named the Most Valuable Player at the Eastern States Christmas Tournament his senior season ... played in the Capital Classic at USAirways Arena ... scored a career-high 46 points against Washington, D.C., city champion and top-ranked Anacostia in December of his senior season in the Gonzaga/D.C. Boy’s Basketball Classic ... his 46 points was a tournament record ... scored a game-high 26 points to lead Calvert Hall past Good Counsel, 56-49, in the opening round of the early season Towson Catholic Tip-Off Tournament ... named tournament Most Valuable Player as he rallied Calvert Hall to the championship of the Bishop McCorriston Tournament ... scored 27 points to lead the Cardinals past the host team in a 60-55 championship game victory ... the first player from Calvert Hall to attend an ACC school since Duane Ferrell played at Georgia Tech from 1985-88 ... coach was Mark Amatucci … played his freshman season at Lake Clifton High School before transferring to Calvert Hall.

International: Dixon joined Terrapin teammate Lonny Baxter in leading the United States to a silver medal at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China … led the U.S. in points and steals, averaging 19.3 points and 3.0 steals in eight games … led the U.S. in scoring five times, including 26 in a semifinal loss to China, and 24 in a bronze medal game vs. Germany … posted six steals in a second round game vs. South Africa … broke Allen Iverson's USA WUGs record for steals … Dixon had 24, Iverson had 20 (2.9) in 1995 … led the U.S. with 24.3 minutes per game and shot 17-of-19 from the foul stripe during the tournament … also set USA record with five three-pointers against Germany and 24 field goal attempts against China … his 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining against China provided the game's final points in an 83-82 setback

Personal: Juan Dixon … born Oct. 9, 1978 … guided by his grandparents Roberta Graves, Winonia Dixon and Warnick Graves; aunts Janice Dixon, Shelia Dixon, Sherrice Driver and Victoria Roles; uncles Mark Smith, Tony Dixon, and most importantly, brother Phil Dixon … the second of three children born to Juanita and Phil Dixon, Jr. … has an older brother, Phil (25), a younger sister Nichole (18) and a younger brother Jermaine Cooper (12) … Phil was a Division III All-American at Shenandoah (Va.) College where he established school records for career points (2,297) and assists (889) … majoring in family studies.

Dixon’s Career Highs
Category  #   Opponent/Date
Points   33   vs. Georgia Tech, 2-16-00
FG       14   at Duke, 2-9-00
FGA      22   vs. Georgia Tech, 1-6-01
         22   vs. Temple, 2-13-00
3FG       5   four times
3FGA     10   vs. Duke, 3-31-01
         10   vs. Temple, 2-13-00
FT       11   vs. Georgia Tech, 1-6-01
FTA      12   at Georgia Tech, 1-15-00
Rebounds 11   vs. Clemson,  2-4-01
         11   vs. Kentucky, 11-24-99
Assists   8   vs. Chicago State, 12-27-00
          8   vs. Florida State, 3-10-00
Blocks    2   vs. Georgetown, 3-22-01
          2   vs. F. Dickinson, 11-22-99
          2   vs. North Carolina, 2-26-00
Steals    8   vs. Georgia Tech, 1-6-01
Minutes  39   vs. Duke, 2-27-01
         39   vs. UCLA, 3-18-00
         39   vs. Temple, 2-13-00

Dixon's Career Statistics Year GP-GS Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3P-A Pct. FT-A Pct. OR-DR Reb-Avg. PF-D Ast To Blk St Pts.-Avg. 1998-99 34-0 505-14.9 85-192 .443 36-97 .371 44-53 .830 28-60 88-2.6 59-0 47 50 1 50 250-7.4 1999-00 35-35 1190-34.0 234-506 .462 49-135 .363 113-143 .790 76-116 192-5.5 76-0 127 130 10 96 630-18.0 2000-01 36-36 1098-30.5 232-480 .483 62-151 .411 128-148 .865 46-107 153-4.3 75-0 93 86 8 95 654-18.2 CAREER 105-71 2793-26.6 551-1178 .468 147-383 .384 285-344 .828 150-283 433-4.1 210-0 267 266 19 241 1534-14.6