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March 10, 2008
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Jason Dixon was a two-year letterwinner from 1994-95.

Jason Dixon was a two-year letterwinner from 1994-95.

Former Liberty men's basketball standout Jason Dixon (1994-95) has joined the Coca-Cola Tigers in time for this year's PBA Fiesta Cup in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Each PBA team is allowed to hire a single foreign player, with maximum height limitations set by the league, to play for the Cup.

Dixon, a 6-foot-9 bruiser who has won a number of championships in the Chinese pro league battling the likes of Yao Ming, Wang Zhi Zhi, Yi Jianliang and Batere Menk is the Coca-Cola Tigers' import in the PBA Fiesta Cup, opening late this month.

At 35, the Aurora, Colo., native just finished another season with the Guandong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, a league he has been a part of since 1998.

"What I like with the guy is the fact that he's long been playing and winning championships for his team in China. He won't last in the Chinese league if he's a so-so player," said Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis of Dixon.

Dixon has also played with teams in Turkey, Israel, Argentina, Sweden and Cyprus since his departure from Liberty Mountain in 1995. But it is in China where Dixon has become a permanent basketball fixture. Dixon has won three championships with the Guandong franchise.

After transferring from Eastern Wyoming in 1994, the two-year Liberty lettewinner averaged 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over 58 career contests. Dixon also connected on 51.4 percent of his shots. Until Alex McLean averaged 8.9 and 8.8 rebounds, respectively, over the past two seasons, Liberty was lacking such a prolific rebounder since Dixon's departure in 1995. Dixon pulled down 7.2 rebounds per game in 1994, before tallying 9.0 caroms as a senior in 1995.