By Kyle Lovern
June 13, 2014
Dikembe Dixson, and his cousin Montrell Dixson, are both being recruited by several Division One college basketball programs.
Dikembe Dixson, a 6-6 guard, who will be a senior this season, has received interest from Marshall, Morehead, Dayton, Texas, Memphis, Cleveland State and others. WVU had shown interest in the past, but has not yet offered. Marshall is reportedly very interested in the senior.
His cousin Montrell, who is a 6-6 junior forward, already has an offer from Missouri, Cleveland State, and he has gotten interest from Florida.
The two transferred in to Mingo Central last winter. They are currently going to team camps with the Miners and have been playing AAU.
Rubben Kasonga, another player originally from Canada, is a 6-6 forward/center and has reportedly improved by leaps and bounds. He has also caught the attention of several scouts that have watched him play.
Coach Brad Napier will also have returning guards Mallie May and Stevie Hammond this year, along with several other younger players. This could be a fun season for Miner basketball fans.
The Miners are attending a big-time team camp in Cleveland next week. They will be playing some top-notch talent.
ANOTHER TRANSFER TO BELFRY
Belfry High School may be getting another transfer from the Mountain State, but this time he is coming from Logan County.
Noah Corbett, a rising sophomore quarterback/athlete, is reportedly moving with his family to Pike County, Ky. Corbett has a highlight video on YouTube and the film shows that he has a lot of talent.
This will make the Pirate program even stronger this fall. Belfry never rebuilds, they just reload.
With the possible addition of Corbett, and Mingo Central transfer Deonte Joplin, who will be a junior running back, it gives the BHS staff even more offensive weapons to add to their arsenal.
MAN COACH GETS AWARD
Man Hillbillies Baseball Coach Larry Vance has been selected as “Coach of the Year” by the West Virginia Athletic Coaches Association.
After a season that saw the Hillbillies win only six games last year, Vance led his team to a Class A baseball championship this year.
It is the first state championship of any kind for boy’s sports at Man High School.
MARSHALL RECRUIT DRAFTED
A member of Marshall baseball’s 2014 recruiting class, Alejandro Juvier (Miami) was selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. The infielder was taken in the 15th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Juvier played high school ball for the Doral Academy Firebirds, where he finished his senior year hitting .507 with six home runs and six doubles in 71 at-bats. In 2013, he was selected to play on the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series in Cary, N.C. with Team Florida.
A shortstop by trade, Juvier has also played third base and the outfield on occasion.
The Miami resident signed with Marshall in early November but has not announced a decision.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)