CHAPMANVILLE – The apparent transfer of Mingo Central High School basketball standout Montrell Dixson to Chapmanville Regional High School has once again raised eyebrows across southern West Virginia and the state.
Dixson, a 6-foot-6 center forward/center, has enrolled at CRHS, according to media reports.
His former coach at Mingo Central, Brad Napier, was recently hired at Chapmanville to replace outgoing Allan Hatcher, who left for Logan High School.
When Hatcher left for Logan, he took Nigerian-born Ben Eke, a 6-8 center, with him.
Now it looks like Chapmanville will have a replacement for Eke in Dixson, who hails from the Chicago area.
Dixson played the last two seasons at Mingo Central alongside his cousin Dikembe Dixson and helped lead the Miners to the state tournament where they lost in the first round of the Class AA tourney to Fairmont Senior.
Montrell Dixson averaged 14.3 points a game last year for the Miners and was the team’s leading rebounder. He was named to the Second-Team All-Cardinal Conference Team at season’s end.
Dikembe Dixson graduated this year from Mingo Central and signed to play college ball at the University of Illinois Chicago. He led the Cardinal Conference in scoring at 21.1 points a contest.
If eligible to play, there’s no doubt Montrell Dixson would be able to help Chapmanville’s basketball team but questions are once again being asked about players transferring solely because of athletic purposes which violates WVSSAC rules.
The Tigers were 12-9 last season in Hatcher’s last season and were upset 46-43 in a stunning loss to Wayne in the first round of the Class AA sectional tournament at Logan.
Chapmanville finished fourth place in the final Cardinal Conference standings at 8-5.
CRHS loses leading scorer and senior guard Josh Butcher (16 ppg.) to graduation as well as Zac Casto and starting guard Trey Dalton. Butcher was another Chapmanville player who came to CRHS from out of the area. He transferred in from Riverside High School.
The Tigers, though, return 6-2 sophomore guard Drew Wiliamson, who had an outsanding freshman season for the Tigers, finishing seventh in the conference in scoring at 14.9 points a game.
Several other key CRHS players are back this season as well, including guard Kyle Browning, 6-4 forward Jordan Whitt, 6-5 forward Tyler Moore, 6-7 center Hunter Neil and others.
Coach Napier was unable to be reached for comment on Wednesday.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).