Dixie founder Joe Dean, a.k.a. the General, believed
that basketball was a vehicle to learning many important
lessons that would sustain our campers in any walk of
life. He constantly encouraged the boys to work hard,
be disciplined and enthusiastic, and they could be
successful in any field they chose.
The Dixie Basketball Camp focuses on teaching the
fundamentals of basketball, but also puts campers in a
competitive environment to help them learn how to
develop toughness and confidence as a young athlete.
The key to Dixie's success in standing the test of time
is the unique spirit and enthusiasm that is part of the
Dixie culture every summer in Summit.
The Lakeside Oaks Basketball Camp was started by LSU
player, Brad Brian, on a beautiful lakeside setting on
Perkins Road outside Baton Rouge, owned by Brad's
parents. The camp initially attracted about 20 boys,
but prior to the summer of 1966 Brad asked Joe Dean to
join him in partnership in the Lakeside Oaks Basketball
Camp. The camp partners built a new bunkhouse, that
accommodated 50 boys, and added a second outdoor
basketball court. Four, one-week sessions were offered
that first summer, and the camp began to take shape.
In 1972, LSU hired Dale Brown as its new head basketball
coach, and he quickly decided to start camps at LSU.
Joe Dean told his partner Brad Brian that they would
have to move out of Baton Rouge, and start a new
identity to compete in the camp market. A coaching
friend, Horace Holmes, who was the President of
Southwest Mississippi Community College, asked Mr. Dean
to explore moving the camp to his campus. An agreement
was forged and the newly named Dixie Basketball Camp
relocated to Summit, Miss., in the summer of 1974. The
camp has been at this beautiful rural setting ever
since, providing campers with a place to enjoy the game
of basketball, develop lasting friendships, and learn
many life lessons.
In the mid-1980's, Dean's son, Joe Dean, Jr. became the
camp director of Dixie, a position he has held ever
since. Dean Jr. played basketball at Mississippi State
University, before embarking on a 17-year college
coaching career at the University of Kentucky,
Birmingham-Southern College, and the University of
Central Florida. He is currently the Athletics Director
at Birmingham-Southern, and for the past 21 years has
served as a color analyst on SEC basketball games,
currently working for the SEC Network.
The camp was founded by Joe Dean, Sr., who grew up in
the basketball hotbed of Indiana before matriculating to
LSU, where he became a three-time All-SEC performer. He
was a first round draft pick of the New York Knicks, but
decided to play professional basketball in the old
Industrial League with the Phillip 66 Oilers in
Bartlesville, OK. For 29 years, he was a salesman and
ultimately a senior Vice-President of marketing with the
Converse Rubber Co. In 1987, he was named the Director
of Athletics at LSU and had to scale back his
involvement in the camp. He passed in 2013.