Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon is on the Memphis campus this morning and has committed, a source told @cbssports.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) June 4, 2013
According to Parrish, Dixon Jr. was on campus on Tuesday morning and committed on the spot — a risk, but potentially a huge boost for the Tigers moving forward. Memphis is welcoming a big-time recruiting class, headlined by Kuran Iverson, but the intangibles circling around this Tigers’ team go much deeper than young talent. You see, head coach Josh Pastner is also welcoming back defending Conference USA Player of the Year, Joe Jackson.
As for Dixon, well he’s been away from the game since 2012, missing all of this past season after being dismissed from the team at Missouri. Dixon was booted from the program after a sexual assault allegation surfaced just prior to the season. At first, Dixon was suspended indefinitely, but then he was eventually let go in all.
This is a risk for Pastner and the Tigers, but Dixon can play. He averaged 13.5 points per game back in 2011-12 and will have one more year of eligibility remaining once he can hit the court for the Tigers.
While this isn’t an ideal situation in which Dixon would have liked to transfer under, it’s one that surely could have a nice fit down the line for both sides.
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