There's nothing like love from home.
Josh Dix experienced that last week when Iowa Basketball offered him a scholarship. The Council Bluffs Lincoln High junior had been thinking about that opportunity for years.
"It meant a lot knowing that Iowa offered because growing up in Iowa you obviously dream for your home state to offer. It felt really good to get that one," Dix told HN.
Dix led the Lynx in scoring (19.4 PPG) and assists (4.3 APG), and ranked second in rebounding (7.2 RPG) this past season. Lincoln reached the state tournament with Dix shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 73.3 from the foul line.
The team and individual success helped Dix (6-5, 190) attract attention from college coaches. Purdue and Wake Forest also offered scholarships this month. He already held opportunities from Northern Iowa, Drake, Colorado State, South Dakota State and UMKC.
Other programs are showing interest.
"Since the Iowa offer, I heard from Oklahoma. Then I also hear frequently from Iowa State and Creighton," he said.
While Iowa just came forward with a scholarship offer, it's been building a relationship with Dix for years.
"I've talked to (assistant) coach (Kirk) Speraw for awhile, since like freshman year. He's always been kind and looking out for me. I've only talked to (head) coach (Fran) McCaffery once, but he seems like he can help me a lot in improving on and off the court," Dix said.
He views the Hawkeye program as a good fit for his skill set.
"I think my game would work well at Iowa because I feel like I can space the floor and also be able to create for others when needed, too. I like the way they play. It's pretty free with a lot of shooting and making plays," he said.
Dix, who is undecided on a college major, plans on visiting unofficially sometime in June. He'll be running with Omaha Sports Academy this spring and summer on the AAU circuit.
"If I could choose, I would want to make my decision before my senior season, but mostly whenever it feels right," he said about his commitment timeline.
247Sports ranks Dix as a three-star prospect, the No. 22 shooting guard nationally in the Class of 2022 and the top player overall in the state for the cycle. He does not yet have a Rivals' rating.