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Philly’s Eric Dixon postpones recruiting visit in wake of weekend’s violence.

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Bennett and the Hoos will have to wait longer to get a visit from Dixon.
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In the wake of this weekend’s violent rally that brought hundreds of unwelcome Neo-Nazis and white supremacists to the streets of Charlottesville, Eric Dixon—a four-star power forward out of Philadelphia, PA, and 247’s 50th overall player in the class of 2019—has decided to postpone his unofficial visit to the Cavaliers.

Dixon (6-6, 250lbs) averaged 19.2 ppg last season for Abington (PA), and has offers from Georgetown, Miami, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, and Seton Hall. He has also garnered interest from Maryland, LaSalle, Delaware, and St. Joseph’s.

According to Philly.com, Dixon rescheduled his visit due to a “safety reason”.

The Miller Report, a Philadelphia area basketball website and scouting service, erroneously posted this Monday morning:

Dixon (or possibly his father), responded to that post with:

The “point later on” is what’s still up in the air. When Dixon spoke to Rick O’Brien of Philly.com, he said, “It’s still a great place, a great basketball program, and a great school. I plan to visit there eventually. I’m just not sure when right now.”

Four star recruit David Duke narrowed his list down to five schools on Sunday night with Virginia missing the cut. The Hoos had been in the discussion for Duke, a 6-3 combo guard out of Massachusetts, but failed to make his final five. Instead, he will choose between Villanova, Florida, Providence, Indiana, and Virginia Tech. There is no indication that any of the weekend’s activities had any impact on his decision, but people will undoubtedly speculate.

Some have already taken to Twitter to use this weekend’s horrific events to influence potential (or current) recruits, such as this lovely Temple sports fan (note: this account is not affiliated with Temple Athletics).

The tweet has since been deleted, but a few Virginia football commits let it be known they were not swayed from Charlottesville due to the actions of the outsiders who invaded Grounds and the surrounding areas.

Martin Weisz:

Bryce Ramer:

Javar Garrett:

The Virginia athletic department has presented a united front after the weekend’s hostility, and those who know Charlottesville and the University of Virginia know that the reprehensible people and ideals shown to the world on Friday/Saturday don’t represent our values.