Coming off the bench a season ago, Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. had molded himself into one of the more consistent perimeter threats on the Tigers’ squad.
Now, the team’s stud sixth man of the year from a season ago has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Frank Haith for a violation team rules.
The announcement came forth during a Friday press conference and the length of the suspension was not released in detail. Freshman guard Dominique Bull has also been suspended, in addition to Dixon.
The Tigers have a pair of exhibition games scheduled prior to opening up the season with a trio of games against sub-par opponents. Missouri, who is moving to the SEC this season, will take on SIU-Edwardsville, Alcorn State, and Nicholls State before heading down to the Bahamas as part of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis.
The most intriguing part about the timing and undefined length of the suspension is that it will interesting to see if Haith does not reinstate both players, mainly Dixon, prior to their trip to the Bahamas. A loaded field will undoubtedly test the Tigers and Dixon’s impact could be crucial as he was expected to move into a starting role this season.
Haith does have plenty of other weapons at his disposal, including eligible transfer Earnest Ross and Keion Bell. SEC Preseason Player of the Year Phil Pressey guides the squad at the point guard position.
Dixon averaged 13.5 points per game a season ago and has increasingly growing expectations heading into 2012-13.
The official length of the suspension and reasons as to what exactly the violations were remains to be seen at this moment.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse