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Juan Dixon (born October 9, 1978) is an American former professional
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player and the current head coach for Coppin State University in
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. Dixon led the
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Terrapins to their first
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championship in 2002 and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2002 Final Four.


Early life

Dixon was born in
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where he attended Lake Clifton High School as a freshman. He then attended and played basketball at Calvert Hall, a high school in
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. While at Calvert Hall, he scored 1,590 career points under the tutelage of head coach Mark Amatucci. Both his mother, Juanita, and father, Phil, were
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addicts, and died of
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-related illnesses before Dixon was 17 years old. He was then raised by his grandparents Roberta and Warnick Graves in Baltimore. Dixon's aunt,
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, was the mayor of Baltimore. Dixon's
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is Jermaine Dixon, who played shooting guard for the
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Panthers basketball team. His second cousin Brandon Driver played cornerback for the San Jose State
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football team. In 2016, Juan Dixon discovered that Phil Dixon was not his biological father, and that his biological father Bruce Flanigan was still alive. Flanigan had an affair with Juanita Dixon while she was separated from Phil, and a blood test confirmed his paternity. Dixon & Flanigan reconnected and became good friends.


Personal life

Dating since 1996, Dixon married his high-school sweetheart, Robyn Bragg, in July 2005. She works in the public relations field and is a cast member in the Bravo reality television show '' The Real Housewives of Potomac''. They have two sons, Corey (b. 2008) and Carter (b. 2010). The two divorced in March 2012 but still lived together in
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after their divorce. The pair reconciled, and as of December 2019, are engaged to be remarried.


Playing career


College

Dixon arrived at the
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after head coach
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inadvertently discovered him at an AAU tournament in Georgia. Williams watched as Dixon dove for the ball down 20 points with two minutes to go. Williams was impressed by the effort. Dixon played in 34 games his freshman year and averaged 7.4 points per game. He made improvements in his sophomore year as he averaged 18 points per game and was selected to the 1999–2000 All-ACC team. Both Dixon and the Terps entered the 2000–01 season with high expectations. The Terps began ranked in the top ten in most major polls while Dixon was a candidate for the Naismith Award Player of the Year award and the Wooden Award Player of the Year award. Dixon helped lead the Terps to their first ever Final Four appearance where the team lost to
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. Dixon ended the season averaging 18.2 points per game and was again elected to the All-ACC first team. Maryland began the 2001–02 season ranked #2 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Dixon led the Terps to a 32–4 record and the school's first ever
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. He was voted to All-ACC team and was also a first team All-American. He was also recognized as one of the nation's best college players and was honored as the 2002 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year and
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. He became Maryland men's basketball's all-time leading scorer when he scored 29 points against Wisconsin to help Maryland advance to the Sweet Sixteen, passing
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(2,149 points). He also became the only player in
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history to accumulate 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200
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s. In addition to leaving Maryland as the highest-scoring men's player, Dixon also left as the school's all-time men's leader in three-pointers made (239) and attempted (615). He is second on Maryland's all-time steals list with 333 and third in free-throw percentage (.850). Dixon also stands as Maryland's all-time NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 294. Upon completion of his career, Dixon's #3 jersey was honored and now hangs in the Xfinity Center. In 2002, Juan Dixon was honored as a part of the
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, one of only 8 Terrapins selected to the 50-man team. After his senior season, Dixon was featured on the cover of a video game, '' NCAA Final Four 2003''.


NBA

Dixon was drafted 17th overall by the
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in the 2002 NBA draft. He spent the first three years of his NBA career with the Wizards. In his third season in Washington ( 2004–05), he averaged eight points per game, including a career-high 35 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the
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. Dixon signed as a
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with the
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during the summer of 2005. Soon after, his Wizards and Terrapins teammate and friend Steve Blake signed with Portland as well. In his first game back in D.C., Dixon was given a standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd upon coming off the bench towards the end of the first quarter. In Dixon's first year with the Blazers, he started 42 times and played in 76 games. In his last year with the Wizards, he only started four games and played in 63. He also increased his, assists, and shooting percentage considerably in Portland. However, he was later traded at the 2007 NBA trade deadline to Toronto for Fred Jones and future considerations. On the 2008 NBA
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, February 21, 2008, Dixon was traded from the
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to the
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in exchange for
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Primož Brezec and cash considerations. On September 24, 2008, the Washington Wizards signed Dixon to a partially guaranteed one-year deal for $1.03 million, the veterans' minimum for a player with Dixon's experience. Dixon's final NBA game was on April 15, 2009 in a 107 - 115 loss to the
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where he recorded 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 steals. On Sep 28, 2009, Juan Dixon signed a contract with the
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. He was waived October 20, 2009.


Europe

On November 1, 2009, Dixon signed with
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of the Greek A1 League.Στον Άρη ο Χουάν Ντίξον
The next season, he joined Unicaja Málaga of Spain. In February 2010, he was suspended indefinitely by
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after testing positive for steroids. In March 2011, he signed with Bandırma Banvit in Turkey. He played one season before entering the coaching profession.


Coaching career

On November 27, 2013, Dixon joined the Maryland Terrapin coaching staff as a special assistant under head coach
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. In July 2016, Dixon was relieved of his duties. On October 14, 2016. Dixon was hired as head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). After a 3–25 season, he was hired as men's head coach at Coppin State.


Head coaching record


Women's


Men's


Career statistics


College


NBA


Regular season

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Playoffs

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See also

* List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career steals leaders


References


External links

*
Eurocup Profile

Terrapinstats.com - Juan Dixon College Profile
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