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Josh Dix is a player I have really liked since he received an Iowa offer earlier this year and I watched various highlight reels.  I’d say his Joe Wieskamp light at this stage.  His shot is not NBA pure the way Joe’s was at this stage, but it’s very good.  Please know, my opinion on Wieskamp’s shooting game when I saw him at this stage of his high school career was that of one of the best, most pure and repeatable releases I had ever seen in an Iowa recruit, so to say Dix’s stroke isn’t as pure isn’t an insult.  He’s still really good.

He averaged just under 20ppg last year at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, and shot nearly 38% from three on 143 attempts

As for athleticism, I think he’s more athletic than Joe was at the same stage of the game.  Though two inches shorter, he is fierce attacking the rim and can really throw it down in traffic.  Click on this link and watch the first few plays to see what I am talking about.   We all know that Joe’s vertical leap really surprised a lot of NBA scouts this summer, but I think Dix is more explosive than Wieskamp and his overall game feels more ‘assertive’.  There were times when Joe was content to defer to his teammates when we would have liked to have seen him step on the gas.  I don’t get the sense that we will be saying the same thing about Dix.  Dix also gets more elevation under his shot than Wieskamp and may have better ball handling skills at the same age.  He also has a pullup midrange game, as did Wieskamp.

I have a youtube highlight reel linked below, but I encourage you to watch the highlights linked above from Hudl (also linked here again), as the Hudl reel shows clips from his high school season, whereas the youtube clip is from the AAU circuit.  There is more intensity and effort in the high school games, and this isn’t a knock on Josh, this is just the way of things.

He is comfortable going to his left, he looks to drive most every time he has the ball and is a true triple-threat player on offense.  Defense is always tougher to gauge at this stage, but he can rebound well, blocks shots and appears to have an adequate defensive profile for a future Big Ten guard.

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