Josh Dix: Here's why I'm committing to Iowa basketball

Josh Dix
as told to Register deputy sports editor Matthew Bain

Editor's note: Council Bluffs Lincoln's Josh Dix, the Register's No. 1 in-state 2022 basketball prospect, announced Saturday that he will attend Iowa. Dix selected the Hawkeyes over Drake, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Utah. He explained his decision to the Register in this first-person account.

Before getting into this, I want to thank my mom and dad, Kelly and Nate; Jason Isaacson, Steve Nixon and the whole Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln staff; and my AAU coach with the OSA Crusaders, Mitch Mosser. I wouldn't be in this position without each and every one of them.

OK, here we go: I'm committing to the University of Iowa.

My parents and I talked a lot over this past week, and it became clear this decision just felt right. So, when head coach Fran McCaffery stopped by my school to see me on Thursday, he asked me if I had any more questions for him. I had one thing to say:

"I just want to be a Hawkeye."

My official visit to Iowa last weekend really sealed the deal for me. I was considering Iowa, Drake, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Utah all seriously. It was down to those top five. I liked a different thing about everyone, so it was hard. But then, once I took the Iowa visit, I was just kind of like, "Oh yeah, this is a place that feels like home."

I had an incredible weekend with them, and the guys are all match my energy off the court and on the court. I love the way they play. And I just feel like coach McCcaffery is a really good dude who can help me get to that next level.

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My host player was Connor McCaffery, so I spent a lot of time talking to him. I also hung out with Patrick McCaffery, Payton Sandfort, Austin Ash and Luka Garza.

Yes, Luka Garza was in Iowa City the same weekend I was.

He was lifting when I met him. We came into the weight room and he just talked to us about how Iowa is a really good spot, and about stuff that he did to change his game and get better every single day. It was great. He’s a great guy. He’s one of the nicest people you can talk to. He’s so humble. He was working out a second time when we were there, and he was going to get another one in later. He explained his work ethic: However hard you want to work, that’s where you’re going to get.

That's the attitude I want to take with me to Iowa.

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My relationship with the Hawkeyes dates back to my freshman year, when coaches would come to open gyms at my high school, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, to scout my teammate, point guard Jadin Johnson. They continued coming to open gyms and keeping an eye on me as I developed.

Then, after one of my AAU tournaments this spring, McCaffery called me and offered. And they’ve been recruiting me really hard ever since. I felt like he really wanted me. They had me come visit the first weekend, me and Jaxon Kohler, because they said we’re the top two targets that they want. 

With that said, I had some difficult phone calls to make this week. I wanted to tell the other coaches recruiting me that I picked Iowa before announcing my decision. Drake head coach Darian DeVries, he’s one of the most loyal guys to me and he supported me all the way through. So that was a pretty tough phone call. He’s a great guy and he’s one of the best coaches that recruited me. I think that he can go somewhere really big with Drake because they’ve got a really good program. They should be really good for years to come in the Missouri Valley.

Council Bluffs Lincoln's Josh Dix makes a basket during 4A quarterfinals between Ames and Council Bluffs Lincoln on March 10, 2021.

But, in the end, it felt good to finally make this decision to commit to Iowa. It's relieving. Now, I can focus on my senior year with my high school teammates. I feel like any kid’s dream is to go play in one of the big conferences, especially the Big Ten. So when that opportunity presented itself, it was incredible and I couldn’t really turn that down. I just felt like Iowa was the right place, and playing in my home state was one of the big things. My parents are able to come watch whenever.

McCaffery sees me as a Joe Wieskamp/Devyn Marble type of player. He thinks that I can play 1-3, handle the ball, start the break, and then on defense he thinks I can be versatile and guard points guards, guards, wings and even some 4s.

That all sounds great to me. 

I can’t wait to get there. We’re going to keep the success going.