We talked with 2014 Utah Orem High forward Dalton Nixon over email for a question and answers session.
“Dalton Nixon is a long, versatile forward who has a good feel for the game. He moves well with and without the ball and sets great screens. He has the length and versatility to defend a wide variety of players.” — James Kerti
What is your official height?
Dalton Nixon: 6’7”
What position do you see yourself playing in college?
Dalton Nixon: The 3 or the 4. Most likely a “stretch 4”. I will probably grow a few more inches and shooting is one of my strengths.
What do you feel is your greatest asset on the floor?
Dalton Nixon: Being able to score both on the perimeter and in the post.
How would you describe your game to someone who hasn’t seen you play?
Dalton Nixon: I would say that I am a versatile player. I can take bigs outside on the perimeter and post up smaller players.
What aspect of your game are you most focused on improving?
Dalton Nixon: Attacking the basket off the dribble
Which colleges have shown the most interest in you?
Dalton Nixon: Utah, Utah State, BYU, Stanford, Creighton, Arizona State, Portland, San Francisco
Which colleges have offered you a scholarship?
Dalton Nixon: Utah and Utah State
Have you been on any visits to colleges, and do you have any plans to in the near future?
Dalton Nixon: I have visited Utah, Utah State, and BYU many times. I plan to visit Creighton on August 1st and Stanford and San Francisco in the middle of August.
Which coaches have impressed your family, over the phone or in-person, and why?
Dalton Nixon: I really like all of the coaches that have been my primary recruiters: Coach Connor at Utah, Coach Jones at Utah State, Coach LaComb at BYU, Coach Schrage at Stanford, Coach Lutz at Creighton, Coach Pera at ASU, Coach Pfaff at Portland and Coach Wicks at San Francisco. They have all really respected my time and have shown great interest in me as a player and as a student.
Do you prefer the east coast or the west coast?
Dalton Nixon: West Coast
Who is your favorite NBA player?
Dalton Nixon: LeBron James
Who is your favorite NBA team?
Dalton Nixon: Miami Heat
Do you prefer Nike or adidas?
Dalton Nixon: I prefer Nike, but we are required to wear Adidas for Utah Pump N Run.
Who are some of your mentors who have helped you get to where you are right now?
Dalton Nixon: My Mom and Dad have been a huge support for me my whole life. Also, my High School Coach, Golden Holt, and AAU coaches at Utah Pump N Run.
How has playing with your high school team been helpful to you?
Dalton Nixon: I started as a Freshman 2 years ago and gained valuable experience. This past season we won the 4A State Championship. That experience helped me to realize that I can compete with anyone.
What are your short-term goals on the court?
Dalton Nixon: Win 2 more State Championships my Junior and Senior years. To play at the highest level of college basketball that I can.
What are your long-term goals?
Dalton Nixon: Serve an LDS mission. Graduate college. Play basketball as long as I can, then become an orthodontist.
Do you have a Facebook or Twitter handle that you would like to share?
Dalton Nixon: Follow me @dnixon33!