Feb. 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Antwuan Dixon has the distinction of being the first player to sign a National Letter of Intent to attend Florida State under the helm of Head Coach Steve Robinson. But Dixon has given Seminole fans much more to cheer about during his time in Tallahassee.
Dixon has played in 83 consecutive games (as of Feb. 10), which is the second longest streak on the team. He was also the 10th leading returning rebounder in the league, averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. Rebounding definitely seems to be Dixon’s strength on the court.
“I guess it was high school that I realized rebounding was my strong point, so of course I started working on it more,” commented Dixon. “It is an important aspect of the game, and not everyone can rebound well. So I really wanted to work at it and improve on it.”
Being a strong force on the court, however, is not the only thing that keeps Dixon going. Serving his second consecutive year as a team co-captain, he also has the responsibility of keeping the team, as well as himself, motivated.
“I just try to lead by example. It’s easy just to tell the guys what they should be doing, but when they see someone who tries hard on the court, works hard at practice, and makes an effort in the classroom, they’ll be more willing to try to do that, too.”
Dixon’s efforts in his degree at Florida State have not gone unnoticed. He was named Warrior of the Year at the Seminoles’ annual banquet for his excellence as a player on the court, as a student in the classroom and as a humanitarian in the community. Last summer he was also selected to serve on the Atlantic Coast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory board. These 18 student-athletes from the nine conference schools meet and discuss various issues during this 2001-2002 academic year.
With graduation just around the corner, Dixon has many ideas for some solid business ventures in his future. He’s not ready to leave the court just yet, however. Like his former high school teammate, Shareef Abdul-Rahim of the Atlanta Hawks, Dixon does have dreams of playing professionally. He intends to continue working hard to keep that incentive alive, and Dixon does have a great “support staff” to help him along.
“My high school coach, Coach Lipscomb, has really been a great motivation for me all along. Before I even got to high school he pulled me aside and told me that he really saw talent in me, but I had to start working harder for it. That’s when I was also struggling with my grades a little bit, and he told me I’d better work on that, too.”
Dixon followed his coach’s advice. He became a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the honor roll all four years of high school. He scored 1,212 points during his high school career, placing him as the second all-time leading scorer of Wheeler High School. Dixon was also a member of the Latin Club and received the Clone Award, which is given each year to the student whom his peers would most like to emulate.
Describing himself as an easy-going, laid-back guy, Dixon says there isn’t much he can’t live without. The only thing he would really have a hard time without is his mother.
“My mom is my best friend… we talk all of the time. She’s at almost every game, I think she’s maybe missed ten home games in my career at Florida State. She has shown me what it takes to work hard in life and is so supportive of me. I really don’t know what I would do without her.”
As Dixon winds down his time as a Seminole, he is still going strong for the rest of the season. Duke was an exciting triumph, but according to Dixon, that is what it is… another win in the books.
“This season isn’t going like I hoped it would, as far as our winning percentage. We can’t look at Duke as ‘our championship game.’ It was a win that we needed, we just have to look ahead to each game and what it takes for another one.”
With three more home games and two road games before the ACC tournament March 7-10, Dixon and the Seminoles are rallying to give it their all and earn a few more victories before heading to Charlotte.
By Katie Colleen Hughes
Sports Information/Ticket Office Assistant