UIC’s Dikembe Dixson named Horizon League Freshman of the Year

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Dikembe Dixon was named the Horizon League's 2016 Freshman of the Year on March 1st.

CHICAGO – Hope for the future is what has fueled the Flames during a rough rebuilding season on the West Side.

But UIC head coach Steve McClain has one big reason to be happy about the future. That’s Dikembe Dixson.

On Tuesday the Freeport, Illinois native added another honor to his first season with the Flames by being unanimously named the Horizon League’s Freshman of the Year by coaches, media and sports information directors. He’s the first to earn the honor unanimously since 2011.

Dixson averaged a team-high 19.9 points per game this season and increased that average to 23.3 points per game during league play. He was also named to the Horizon League’s All-Second Team.

“Since the day he arrived on campus last summer, Dikembe has not been afraid to put in the work necessary to succeed at this level,” said head coach Steve McClain in a statement released by the school. “As a coach, I know that when you’re willing to put forth that extra effort day in and day out, then great things can happen. For him to be named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year, and an All-Horizon League player, is a reflection of that dedication.”

Already Dixson has broken the freshman record for scoring in the Horizon League. He has 576 points on the season and still has at least one game left as the Flames face Wright State on the league tournament at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Friday.

He needs 26 points to break UIC’s freshman record for points held by Sherrell Ford in the 1992-1993.