PRESQUE ISLE, Me. (WAGM) - Shyquinn Dix isn't your average point guard. He led the Owls to a NAC playoff appearance, he was a first team all-conference selection and last night, he was the focus of 60 Minutes segment profiling his journey from a maximum security prison in Connecticut to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
"It was emotional because of everybody's reaction in the room and the amount of text's and phone calls I was getting," Dix said.
Dix's teammates and friends gathered to watch the 60 minutes segment on Sunday night. It was one reaction that caught his attention.
"My favorite reaction was probably coach's reaction, him tearing up after hearing say he was going to cry so it was kind of like, wow," Dix said.
You can't blame coach for getting emotional. Kane and Dix both took leaps of faith. When Kane was approached about Dix, the two shared multiple phone calls and Skype sessions then Kane went down to Cheshire Correctional.
"First time meeting him just kind of blew me away," Kane said. "He owned up to everything and he just wanted to move on with his life and be a productive member of society and it just worked out really well."
Not only has Dix excelled on the court, but he also made the Dean's List with a 3.8 GPA. Beyond that, Dix is majoring in Social Work with the goal of using his experience to help others.
I believe that out of everything I have accomplished so far that's like my greatest accomplishment is making the dean's list because like I just want people to realize that there's more than basketball to me," Dix said. "I mean being in Cheshire the time I spent being in that program like it helped me find myself and gave me a passion for what I want to do and to put myself in a position to help others."
Dix is finishing up his sophomore year at UMPI and he plans on going back to Cheshire over the summer to talk to the TRUE Program.
"I feel like we all did this together, me, coach, them, office Vassar, my family we all did this together so I want it to be more like a celebration," Dix said. "I don't want to give them no type of like pep talk or something I just want them to feel like you know we all this did this together and they get that feeling like y'all have a chance, like if I can do it, y'all can do it we all come from the same place."