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Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon
Position: None
Born: 10/09/78
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:164 lbs. / 74.4 kg.
Dixon’s background has been widely publicized since his days at the University of Maryland where he led the Terrapins to the 2002 National Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. His childhood was complicated with both of his parents passing away from complications due to AIDs when he was just 16 years-old. That is what Dixon thought up until a year ago when he became aware that the man he was told was his biological father wasn’t and was re-united with his actual father who is a retired correctional officer and was an All-City basketball player in high school in Baltimore.
Juan Dixon, who led Maryland to the 2002 national championship, is joining Mark Turgeon’s staff. In moves announced Wednesday morning, Dixon has been named a special assistant to Turgeon after Dalonte Hill resigned following his second drunk driving charge in a little less than two years. Director of basketball operations Dustin Clark has been promoted to fill Hill’s position. While Hill was primarily a recruiter, Clark will be asked to help coach the team and recruit. It is not clear what Dixon’s role will be helping Turgeon.
“I’ve been through the storm and I’m still trekking through the storm today,” Dixon said. “But I’m working hard every day.” Every weekday, Dixon slaps his alarm clock at 5:45 a.m., makes the 45-minute drive from his Baltimore home and arrives at Comcast Center at 7. He then goes to physical therapy with Megan Rogers, the women’s basketball athletic trainer, rehabbing the bum knee that sidelined him last year. From there, he runs through a litany of drills with David Adkins, the women’s basketball assistant coach, before finishing off the morning with weight training. Dixon usually leaves Comcast at about noon, ready to focus on a host of other endeavors — business opportunities, charity work, fatherhood. But during that five-hour stretch each day when Dixon is at Comcast, he said his mind is solely focused on the NBA. He forgets the regret. He forgets the what-ifs.
Juan Dixon couldn’t help but feel a bit nostalgic as he sat in a red Comcast Center seat late last month. The Terrapins men’s basketball icon had just spent the past 20 minutes discussing life after College Park. He had touched upon a failed drug test, the ups and downs of playing abroad and the NBA comeback attempt that ultimately landed him alongside the newest generation of Terps. Then he paused. A slight smile began to form on the 34-year-old shooting guard’s face as he glanced at the rafters above him. “That’s possible,” Dixon said as he pointed at the 2002 national championship banner. “The reality is, not everybody can make it to the NBA. But that banner, that’s possible. Everybody on the team just has to know their role.”
The festivities for “Maryland Madness,” the Maryland basketball version of midnight madness to kick off the college basketball season on Friday night, is coming together. Already, the alumni game was featuring four of the five starters from the Terps’ 2002 NCAA championship team. Now, a couple other prominent former Terps will be involved. According to a team press release, Steve Francis, Eric Hayes and Jerrod Mustaf are also expected to be playing in the game, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. Those two will join Juan Dixon, Steve Blake, Byron Mouton and Chris Wilcox.