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Student Athlete of the Week: Julian Dixon
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Writer
Published January 30, 2020

Senior guard Julian Dixon is the co-captain of the Price Knights boys basketball team and is taking two Advanced Placement classes (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Senior guard Julian Dixon has been at Frederick K.C. Price school for his entire academic career. Inspired by the Price Knights boys basketball players from previous years, Dixon took up the sport. Now he serves as a co-captain of the Knights who flaunt a 18-6 overall record.

Despite the low amount of losses, Dixon admitted that neither he nor the team was satisfied with them.

“We don’t like the games that we lost because we should have won them,” he said. “We’re not big on our record.”

Dixon calls his squad “athletic” and “energetic,” defense is one of their strong points.

“My favorite game is we lost a game, we played Renaissance [Academy],” he said. “I feel like our energy, that was the best energy we ever played with.”

Balancing school and athletics is a normal feat for Dixon.

“I know I have to get my work done, so maybe if I have a free period or something, I do my work,” he said. “Then basketball, I just focus on that all day every day.”

At the Price school, students are on the quarter system as opposed to the semester system that public schools have. Dixon is taking two Advanced Placement classes: AP Literature and AP Calculus. The school makes students push themselves.

Earlier this season, Dixon struggled with the mental aspects of the game, but he relied on his faith to overcome the issue.

“I was going through something and I just talked to God, got over it and now I’m back,” he said.

Dixon has experience playing the tenor and snare drums; he also has been making beats since he was in the ninth grade. He also volunteers with the Crenshaw Christian Center on Sundays.

“I just work with the church,” Dixon said. “Sometimes we gather everybody, gather all the newcomers. Sometimes we do offering, pray.”

Dixon aspires to make his passion for basketball a lucrative venture. His first stop is basketball’s biggest stage.

“I want to go to the NBA, play in the league, do something that I love for money,” Dixon said. “I want to own my own business, own my own gym.”

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