STAB alum Nixon coming home to walk on at UVA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Former St. Anne's-Belfield guard Jayden Nixon will soon be returning home to join the men's basketball program at Virginia.

Nixon confirmed Wednesday night that he has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the reigning ACC champion Wahoos. Nixon was also offered a walk-on spot at UVA as a senior at STAB, but chose to play a post-graduate season at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.

Nixon's decision was first reported on Twitter by the STAB Basketball account.

Nixon was a 1,000-point scorer for the Saints, and helped STAB reach the 2016 VISAA Division II state semifinals as a junior. He also turned down a scholarship offer from Millersville, a Division II school in Pennsylvania, as well as interest from in-state ODAC schools like Randolph-Macon and Hampden-Sydney.

Nixon now joins an incoming class of freshmen at UVA that includes Australian forward Kody Stattman, guard Kihei Clark of California and seven-footer Francisco Caffaro of Argentina. He also joins another local product on the UVA roster -- walk-on Austin Katstra, who played 10 games as a freshman last season after earning 5A state player of the year honors as a senior at Albemarle High School.

Two other former walk-ons who played for the Cavaliers last season, guards Justice Bartley and Trevon Gross, both chose to leave the UVA program as graduate transfers to play their final college seasons elsewhere.

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