Men's Basketball Inks Two for 2008-09 Season

April 25, 2008

CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head men's basketball coach Mick Cronin announced the signing of freshman guard Dion Dixon (Chicago, IL/Crane High School) and Steven Toyloy, (West Palm Beach, FL/Miami-Dade CC), a junior college center from Miami-Dade Community College. The duo will join the Bearcats for the 2008-09 season.

"We are very excited that Dion and Steven have decided to join our program," said head coach Mick Cronin. "First of all, both of these guys are great kids with tremendous attitudes and are fun to be around. Dion is an athletic guard that can score and we need help in that area. Dion has a chance to develop into a very good player for us and I think he has a bright future. Steven brings us some immediate help on our front line. He is very strong and has good hands, most importantly, he can really rebound. Steven chose us because he wants to win, and that shows the kind of person he is and his belief in where we are headed."

Dixon joins the Bearcats after a strong senior season at Crane High School in Chicago where he averaged 21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.2 steals a contest. At 6-3, Dixon was a highly touted player throughout his high school career and can play the point or off guard position. He also received interest from Baylor and Ohio State before signing with UC.

Joining the Bearcats front court is Toyloy, a 6-8, 255-pound junior college transfer from Miami-Dade where he played for head coach Matt Eisele. Toyloy has developed a reputation as a tough, physical rebounder, averaging a double-double (12.0 points and 11.7 rebounds) in 2007-08, one year after earning Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) all-Southern Conference honors for leading the NJCAA in rebounding (12.9 rpg) and adding 9.8 points a game as a freshman.



The duo expands the Bearcats incoming class from two to four players as they join early freshmen signees forward Yancy Gates and point guard Cashmere Wright.