April 30, 2019 / Trailblazer basketball players George Dixon, Kevin
Kangu sign with NCAA Division I programs
Dixon and Kevin Kangu signing ceremony photo
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomores George Dixon and
Kevin Kangu signed with NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs on Tuesday.
Dixon inked a letter of intent with Eastern Illinois University.
Kangu signed a letter of intent to play for Oakland University.
Dixon chose Eastern Illinois, which is coached by Jay Spoonhour, for
“They’ve been telling me they wanted me for a long, long time,” Dixon
said. “When I went there, I felt like I fit. Eastern Illinois is a big
business school and I’m going out for business management. The coach
really wants me to there and wants me to bring my game to the team.”
The 6-foot-5 forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin led the Trailblazers
in rebounding with an 8.9 average and steals per game with 1.3. He
averaged 11.2 points per game. He received All-Region 24 honors.
“George will have a chance to be effective doing what he does in the
Ohio Valley Conference,” VU Men's Basketball Coach Todd Franklin said.
“Eastern brings back basically everybody. With the addition of George,
I think Eastern thinks they have chance to get in the upper portion of
Dixon will reunite with former VU teammate Rade Kukobat, who will be
a senior on the Eastern Illinois roster.
“Having Rade Kukobat there is a bonus,” Dixon said. “It’s going to be
fun teaming up with him.”
Kangu visited Oakland’s campus on Monday.
“Our apartments are close to the gym so that’s good for me because I
can be in the gym all day, every day,” Kangu said. “They have an all
black court. They have a great coaching staff. The head coach Greg
Kampe is a winner just like Coach Franklin. It’s good for me to be
alongside a winning coach.”
Kampe ranks in the top 14 for most wins among active Division I
coaches. He has coached Oakland since 1984 and has more than 600
The location of Oakland’s campus also factored into Kangu’s decision.
The university is located near Detroit in Rochester, Michigan, which
is around a three-hour drive from his hometown of Burlington, Canada.
Oakland is getting a 6-foot-3 guard who earned a spot on the
all-tourney team at the national tournament. He averaged 8.1 points.
“Oakland is one of the better teams in the Horizon League,” Franklin
said. “They’ve got some good guys back. They lost a grad transfer
guard that they thought was coming back and that’s where Kevin came in.”
Dixon, Kangu and Keith Clemons are members of the 2019 NJCAA Division
I men’s basketball national championship team who have announced their
Clemons recently signed with Loyola-Chicago, a 2018 NCAA Division I
Final Four qualifier.
“All three of our guys have signed with teams who should be at the
top of their leagues,” Franklin said. “Whether it’s Keith at Loyola
where they need a guard. Whether it’s George adding some strength,
toughness and maybe some low-block scoring on an Eastern Illinois team
that has a strong nucleus coming back. To Oakland, which is always at
the top of their league. They lost a grad transfer which can open up a
position for Kevin if he can step in and do his job, then they should
be where they thought they should be, which is one of the best teams
in the league.
“All three of those guys are going to good programs and good places.”
Vincennes University Newsroom
MARCIA MARTINEZ, Sports Information Director & University
812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY, Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom