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#24 Bilal Dixon
Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 245
Year: Graduate
Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
High School: Queen of Peace
Other College: Providence
Major: Professional Studies

Dixon is a transfer from Providence College who is eligible to compete for Towson immediately. He's expected to anchor the middle for the Tigers as the lone senior on the team.

COACH SKERRY ON DIXON: "Bilal will be a big contributor for us right away. I coached him for two years while I was an assistant at Providence. My first year, we redshirted him. My second year, he had a great freshman year. He made the Rivals All-Big East Rookie team. He has a chance to be an upper-level, all-conference CAA center and then continue his goal of playing professionally. It’s also a good fit for us because we don’t have any older guys as seniors in the frontcourt."

AT PROVIDENCE: P
layed in 94 games and started 68 for the Friars from 2009-12 ... named to The Sporting News BIG EAST All-Freshman Team in 2010 after averaging 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while starting 30 of 31 games ... as a freshman, Dixon recorded his first double-double in conference play against No. 19 Connecticut as he registered 12 points and 11 rebounds and guided the Friars past the Huskies, 81-66 ... also hauled in 16 rebounds while matching up against future NBA draft pick Greg Monroe and seventh-ranked Georgetown and he set his career-high with 19 boards vs. Seton Hall ... as a sophomore, Dixon had nine double-digit rebounding games, including double-doubles against CAA foe Northeastern and BIG EAST rival Seton Hall ... this past season, Dixon saw action in 31 of 32 games for the Friars and averaged 4.3 points per game ... he was fourth on the team in rebounding (4.1 rpg), second in blocked shots (37) and second in field goal percentage (55.8 percent) ... scored a career-high 18 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead Providence past Rutgers on February 1, 2012 ... had a career-high seven blocked shots against South Carolina on December 1, 2011 ... averaged a rebound every 3.87 minutes he was on the floor, which ranked eighth in the BIG EAST Conference.

HIGH SCHOOL: A
ttended Queen of Peace High School (N.J.) from 2006-08 where he was a second-team All-State selection and the Conference Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks ... led Queen of Peace to an 18-0 mark in conference action in 2008 ... played at St. Anthony’s High School (N.J.) during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

BACKGROUND: Son of Umar Dixon and Gail Cummings ... Has an older sister, Danielle Cummings (25) ... Seeking a graduate degree in Professional Studies at Towson University.

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