The 26-year-old joins from Australian SEABL outfit Melbourne Tigers, a team well known to the Berkshire outfit through former Rockets Josh Wilcher and Declan Soukup. Dixon will be a welcome addition to Coach Keane’s back court as the 6’2 combo-guard has a wealth of experience in the Australian leagues playing for Perth Wildcats and Townsville Crocs in the NBL and the Perry Lakes Hawks in the SBL.
Ahead of arriving to the United Kingdom in early September, the Melbourne native stated how much he was looking forward to the challenge of playing in England and is excited to meet up with the team in a few weeks’ time. Dixon said,
“I am very excited to be heading to the UK utilising my British ancestry and leaving Australia for the first time. I have heard nothing but great things about the Rockets organisation, with my contacts emphasising the high level of community engagement, professionalism and passion the club has for British basketball.”
“I have chosen to play for Reading for a multitude of reasons; I have family members living close by in Surrey, Reading’s proximity to London, the excellence the club has achieved over the years, and the appointment of head coach Alan Keane. I am excited to play and develop my game in a community centred environment with people who are passionate about basketball. Reading has a history of signing Australian athletes such as Josh Wilcher, Declan Soukup and Jamie O’Loughlin so I am looking forward to following in their footsteps.”
Rockets Director of Coaching Matt Johnson, who has been in contact with the Australian point guard, is really looking forward to Dixon’s arrival and is sure he will be a hit both on and off the court for the Reading club. Johnson commented,
“We are thrilled to sign this young but incredibly experienced athlete! Over the years we have had some really positive experiences with players through our links in Australia and Ben is another part of that relationship. As a young pro Ben was actually coached by Jamie O’Loughlin (assistant coach at Perth Wildcats) who played for the Rockets nearly 20 years ago!”
“Ben’s pedigree as a person shone through in early phone calls and in the way others talked about him. He has played around some of the best players Australia has ever produced and we are excited to have his characteristics on and off the court.”
“Ben will really make a difference to our maturity, toughness, defence and positivity on offence too. His professional behaviours off court will be a wonderful model for our academy students too. We also wish him a wonderful engagement and marriage too in the off season!!”
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