Jermaine Dixon(USC Heidelberg)I Can Turn Defense Into Offense Very Quick

Jermaine Dixon is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Baltimore, Maryland that is playing his first season in Germany for USC Heidelberg. He is a physical, athletic guard who can go from A to Z very quickly. As a lefthander, he is a natural scorer who can penetrate and attack the basket. Dixon is also extremely coachable and loves to compete. He played at Pittsburg(NCAA) with players like Gary Mcghee, Gilbert Brown and Dejuain Blair. In his senior year, he played  25 games averaging 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 20.9%, FT: 70.4%. He turned professional in 2010 and played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.0apg, 2.5spg, in Oct.’10 moved to Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 31 games: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 71.9%; in Feb.’11 signed at Akita Northern Happinets (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 1 game: 20pts, 9reb, 2steals, left shortly. Last season he played for Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix (Japan-BJ League, starting five): 51 games: 18.2ppg, 4.9rpg, Assists-3(5.5apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to German Hoops  about basketball.

Welcome to Heidelberg Jermaine. It is quite late in the off season, but you still found a job. Why do you think did it take so long for you to find a team?

It took me some time to find a team because my agent was looking for the right situation. It’s hard coming from Asia to Europe because everyone don’t respect Asian leagues.

You had a workout with Beko BBL team BBC Bayreuth last year and this season the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were interested. Are you disappointed that you didn´t land in the Beko BBL?

I am not disappointed about not landing in BBL this season because I am sure it will happen soon. I never had a workout with any BBL teams last season.

What were the main reasons for deciding to come to USC Heidelberg?
Main reason for coming to USC is because I want to help the team get to BBL league and I also wanted to play in Germany. They showed they wanted me and I want to help them reach goal of making the BBL.

What do you know about the German basketball leagues? Do you have any friends playing in Germany?

I don’t know a lot about the German leagues but I did have a close friend play in BBL last season named Ricky Harris. Also my teammate from college is out here in Germany Gary McGhee.

You are a player that can get from A-Z very quickly. Is your quickness your biggest strength?

I do believe quickness is one of my biggest strength on the court because it allows me to get where I want to go and put a lot of pressure on defense. Also I think defense is a big part of my game also, I can turn defense into offense very quick.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

The part of my game that people don’t notice is my passing. I am a very good passer because I can always find the open guy and I am willing to get my teammates open looks.

You played at Pittsburg(NCAA). Were you surprised that the team never won a title considering the talent that you had?

At Pitt I was surprised we never won a title. We came very close my junior year losing in the elite 8 game. We had a very good team and knew we had a true shot a winning the whole thing.

What was the most amazing thing that you saw Dejuan Blair do on the court?

Dejuan did so many great things it’s hard to point out one. Well one time he dove out of bouncs for a loose ball on the defensive end. We pushed the ball down court and he still getting up. I end up missing the lay up and out of no where Dejuan coming through the air catching the ball off the rim and dunking it.

Gary Mcghee is playing for BBC Bayreuth. Does he have the talent to play in the NBA down the road?

Yes I think Gary has the talent to play in the NBA because he is a great one on one defender, he can rebound the basketball at a high level and you can’t teach the size and strength that he has. I think soon he will be on a NBA roster.

Was it very tough living in the shadow of your brother Juan Dixon?

I love the challenge of living in my brothers shadow because people expect so much out of you and when that happens I am at my best as a basketball player. I love a great challenge.

What was the most amazing thing that you saw your brother do on the court?

The best thing I ever saw him do was win a national championship, it don’t get no better then that.

Who was the best player that you had to match up against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

The best player I played against in college that is in the NBA would have to be Wesley Johnson. He is 6’9 and I had to play him because I was the team best defender. I made it tough on him and he still was able to score when he needed too.

You played last season in Japan. How were you able to improve your game in this time?

I improved from Japan with getting my jump shot better and playing against big time players from my home city. When you play against great talent it help make your game better.

How was your summer? What was the coolist experience that you had on and off the court at home?

My summer was good. I spent as much of summer with my son as I could. I was focused on working out getting better as a player so I didn’t have much time to enjoy it but I will enjoy it more next summer.

Who would win in their prime the Dream team or Team USA 2012?

That would be a great game between Dream Team and Team USA 2012 but if everyone is in their prime I have to go with Dream Team because they were too big and they had Michael Jordan.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD movie I saw was Taken.

Thanks Jermaine for the chat.

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