One of the top sleeper prospects currently in Arizona's 2022 Class is still developing and has his best years well ahead of him. While growing and improving a great deal over the past year, Bella Vista Prep's 6-foot-8 senior post Terrance Dixon is just beginning to realize some of his tremendous potential and scratching the surface of what he could become over time. Dixon has been on the move over the past couple years - leaving a once strong Desert Vista program, and now has landed at Bella Vista Prep for his senior season where he will compete all season long on The Grind Session.
Last season, after a move to Arizona from the state of Georgia, Dixon emerged @ the Pangos Premier 80 Showcase event held at AZ Compass Prep. In the event, Dixon played very well and showed his superior length and athleticism around the basket - proving himself as a developing finisher around the basket and a superior shotblocker. I came away very intrigued by Dixon and marveled at his extreme upside for the future. I followed Dixon's progress throughout the high school season and during the spring and summer, and have watched him develop over the past year.
Last high school season, during a COVID-stricken high school season, Dixon averaged a modest 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3 blocks per/game for a team that finished with an 8-8 overall record on the season. He then traveled during the spring and summer with Kenny Mullins and his Factory club program, and became an inside presence throughout the club circuit.
Rather than finish his senior season at Desert Vista High School this season, where he could have been one of the elite post players in the state's AIA Division, Dixon decided to change locations - first landing at Verritas Prep (CA), before now landing at Bella Vista Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have now watched Dixon on a revamped Bella Vista Prep program several times early on this season, and have been very impressed with his potential and his growth as a player and as a college prospect.
At a very lengthy 6-foot-8 in height and still growing, Dixon is a very rangy post talent that rebounds high above the rim and blocks and changes shots regularly. While the Bella Vista Prep program does not have much in size for this year's group, Dixon has held down the middle for the program and helped the compete compete at a high level early on this season. He played very big for the program in an exhibition match-up with South Mountain Junior College recently, and also was a force for the program last weekend in the AZ Compass Prep Hoops Classic.
Upside is the key word for Dixon, who has loads of it. He is one prospect that has his best years well ahead of him. He runs the floor very well and does intangibles that most players his height cannot, as a result of his extreme length and ability to finish around the rim. He has improved his footwork and low-post moves, and has shown an improved jump shot that will benefit him over time as he continues to mature physically. He rebounds outside of his area and is active in the open floor and around the paint in the half-court set. He is still raw offensively, but, over time, this young man has serious potential for the future, and is an excellent sleeper prospect in the 2022 Class for the West. Another post-graduate year would suit him nicely in his development, before moving on to the collegiate ranks - depending on the level of college he would like to suit up for over time.
Currently, Dixon does not possess any Division-I offers for himself, but he has proven recently that he is worthy of them right now. There shouldn't be any rush for Dixon in his recruitment, as he has time to develop still, and if he continues to work very hard and trusts the process, he could benefit a great deal over time.
I will continue to follow Dixon's progress over time, and follow his development as a player and as a prospect, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.