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BYU basketball: Dalton Nixon, son of former Cougar Kevin Nixon, commits to play hoops at BYU

Published: Saturday, Aug. 11 2012 10:06 p.m. MDT

Dalton Nixon

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

OREM — BYU basketball is stockpiling some big-time talent for its next two signing classes and recently added one more. Orem High prospect and 4A state tournament MVP Dalton Nixon committed to Coach Dave Rose on Friday — joining 5A tournament MVP TJ Haws as commits for 2014.

Nixon is a 6-foot-7 forward who is the son of former Cougar Kevin Nixon. As a sophomore he averaged 12.5 points per game — leading Orem to its first state championship in 56 years.

Dalton held offers from Utah, Utah State and San Francisco at the time of his commit.

"I'm so excited to be part of BYU's program," said Dalton. "I've been going to games there since I was young and I love the atmosphere, I love the coaches and everything about BYU. I've been a BYU fan my whole life and it's definitely the best place for me."

It was hard not to be a BYU fan growing up in the Nixon household. His father saw success there as a player and has been close to the program since. Despite all those ties to the program, Kevin made sure to back off during the recruiting process.

"I never felt any pressure from him to commit to BYU," said Dalton about his father. "I knew he wanted me there, but he left the decision up to me.

"He's obviously very excited that I chose BYU, but he would have been excited as long as I did what was best for me."

Dalton's decision to commit to BYU was all but sealed following a visit there this past Monday. During the visit he was able to tour the campus with coaches.

"I've been to BYU a lot, but I've never really had a chance to see everything up close," said Dalton. "In seeing everything the school had, the feeling I got and everything else — I just knew right after the visit that I needed to commit there."

Dalton should fit in well with Coach Dave Rose's up-tempo system. He's developed a quality inside-out game — able to hit from three-point range consistently. "I think it's the perfect system for me and how I play," he said.

Dalton joins local standouts such as Lone Peak's Nick Emery, Haws and Erick Mika in committing to the Cougars.

"I know all those guys and have become pretty good friends with all of them," said Dalton. "We've played together some and it's going to be incredible playing with them while at BYU."

Dalton just turned 16 and plans to play one season before leaving for an LDS church mission.

email: bgurney@desnews.com

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