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Saturday / June 15.
  • By RICH FLANAGAN

    SOUDERTON, Pa. — Eric Dixon remembers what it was like to work his way into the rotation as a freshman at Abington (Pa.).

    Playing on a roster stacked with seniors, he showcased much of what would eventually make him into a heralded prospect. The soft hands, the smooth jump shot, the tenacious rebounding ability and the ability to run the floor were some aspects of his game that showed the player he would become.

    The 6-foot-7, 275-pound forward earned his spot in the Galloping Ghosts rotation from day one but he knows when he arrives on the campus of Villanova University this summer that mentality of wanting to start as a true freshman must endure to compete for minutes.

    [Jay Wright] recruited me closely and it’s one of the reasons I picked there,” Dixon said. “It’s an open opportunity. If you show up in practice, especially over the summer and show you’re worthy of starting minutes then it’s going to happen.”

    **After Kerry Blackshear initially said he did not meet with John Calipari on Monday, it turns out that the family did.

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Virginia Tech redshirt junior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. did not meet with Kentucky coach John Calipari on Monday, but is working on setting up a meeting.

    “That wasn’t the case,” Kerry Blackshear Sr. said Monday night by phone in reference to a report his son met with Calipari.

    Asked about a possible upcoming meeting, the father said, “Yes, I am [scheduled to meet with him]. To be honest, we’re trying to figure that out right now as we speak.”

    He added: “Kentucky has great basketball tradition. I don’t know Coach Calipari like that, I’ll have to do some research. But you know, it’s basketball.”