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Men's Basketball Adds Four to Complete 2012 Signing Class

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University of Sioux Falls men's basketball head coach Chris Johnson wrapped up his 2012-13 signing class with the addition of four student-athletes; Jerry Dixon, Bill Freeman, Robert Goffney and Vasileios "Bill" Makris.

Junior Jerry Dixon (6-1, 175 lbs.) spent his last two seasons at Howard College (Big Spring, Texas) where he was a two-year starter for the Hawks. He helped lead Howard to an overall record of 46-15 the past two seasons. Dixon averaged 9.4 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals as a sophomore for a Hawks' program that sent five players to NCAA Division I schools.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dixon prepped at Columbus East High School. He averaged 24.6 points and eight assists as a senior en route to first team all state, all-city and District 10 Player of the Year honors.

"Jerry is a very athletic guard who is highly competitive and a tremendous perimeter defender," Johnson said. "He won a lot of games and was well coached at one of the best junior college programs in the country, which is very important to us." 

"We expect Jerry to make an immediate impact with his athleticism, defense and willingness to compete on every possession," he added.

Bill Freeman (6-5, 200 lbs.) transfers in from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Last season he averaged four points and two rebounds for the Mavericks. He posted a season-high of 14 points to go with five rebounds and two assists against IPFW.

Prior to UNO, Freeman played for two years at Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Lakes, Iowa), where he garnered first-team All-Region XI Division II honors in 2011 and was named to the All-Region XI Tournament Team. He ranked second in the ICCAC in scoring, averaging 20.9 points per game, as well as 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. Freeman also led the league with 75 3-pointers made and was second on the squad with 17 blocks.

Originally from Des Moines, Freeman has one year of eligibility remaining.

"We are very happy that Bill has chosen to be a part of the USF family, he is a big guard who has proven he can be a productive scorer in college," Johnson said. "He is very versatile on both ends of the floor, which will be very beneficial for us." 

"We expect Bill to impact the game on both ends for us immediately with his size and athleticism."

Combo guard Robert Goffney (6-1, 190 lbs.) arrives in Sioux Falls after two seasons at Iowa Central Community College. He averaged 15 points, four assists and one steal for a Triton squad that went 24-12 last year and qualified for the 2012 NJCAA National Tournament. Goffney led the Tritons in scoring and assists as a sophomore and was an all-conference and all-tournament selection.

A product of Houston, Goffney averaged 18 points, five assists and 2.5 steals per game as a senior at Cy-Creek High School. He earned first team all-district and first team all-region honors and was selected to play in the Greater Houston high school all-star game.

"We are excited to add Rob to campus; he is a physically strong combo guard who can really shoot the basketball," Johnson said. "Rob has been a part of a very successful program at Iowa Central, he can score, but perhaps more important is that he is a guy who can come in and add maturity and leadership to our team."

Incoming freshman Vasileios (Vah-silly-us) "Bob" Makris (Mah-crease), a native of Trikala, Greece, averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and 1.5 assists per game last season for the Aiolos Trikalon U18 team.

The 6-7, 225 pound forward led his team in both scoring and rebounding. From 2007-10, Makris played for Esperos Trikalwn U-18. He was also member of the Greek U16 National Team.

"We would like to welcome Vasileios to our USF family," Johnson said.  "He is a strong, skilled forward and a very hungry young man who is excited to come to USF and further his education and basketball career."

"We expect Vasileios to continue to get better and better over his four years here; he has a great skill set and size for this level and will just need some time to assimilate to US college basketball," Johnson added. 

"We think he has a bright future."

The quartet joins early signee incoming freshman Cutler Finneman (6-8, Concordia Academy-Roseville) and completes Coach Johnson's 2012-13 signing class.

USF went 20-9 overall last season and will open the 2012-13 season with a home exhibition against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Nov. 3 before kicking off the regular season slate at home on Nov. 10 versus Mayville State.

Courtesy: USF Athletics

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