Michael Dixon hadn’t necessarily planned on heading anywhere in particular to watch season opening festivities. Having already visited Kansas State and Missouri unofficially and with another trip planned to California in November, the six-foot-one inch junior point guard from Lee’s Summit (MO) West was content with his Fall visit schedule.
However, a phone call from Kansas and an invitation to attend their Late Night in the Phog event changed his plans.
“Danny Manning called and invited me so I felt like I needed to go,” Dixon told Phog.Net. “I just wanted to see how the fan base attended the practice. It was nice to see them sell out a practice, that was big.”
Having already visited Kansas last winter for some games, Dixon was curious to see how Late Night played out and liked what he saw.
“It was pretty good, I liked the how they introduced the team and the freshman and how they had the little skits with their dances and stuff,” said Dixon. “I also like how they had an old school person who went to KU like John Riggins speak. I also liked the highlight video with James Naismith.”
Next up on the docket for Dixon is his November trip to Cal and he’s even thinking about setting up more visits.
“I’m going to try and go to Oklahoma and Purdue, sometime. I don’t know when yet,” said Dixon of his travel plans. “I don’t know if I could get to Miami or not but that would be the third one I want to set up.”
Because of his active visit schedule Dixon has become accustomed to spending time with college coaches as they pitch him on their school. He’s noticed that the pitch has steadily changed over the course of the past year.
“Last year they would tell me that it was good to talk to me and see me and they want to keep close tabs on me,” said Dixon. “Now they talk to me about their scholarship situation and where I’d fit in if I came to their school. Now they give me real information about where I’d play. It seems like everybody is saying that they need a real good point guard in 2009.”
While he’s excited for the day he commits to a school, Dixon still has a ways to go. The likes of Baylor, Iowa, Kansas State, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Purdue have already offered and Cal has indicated an offer will be coming during his visit to Berkeley. With others like Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State and many more keeping tabs it’s simply too early for him to make a decision.
“Like today in class I was bored and done with my homework so I just made a list of schools that I like and would consider seriously,” said Dixon. “It ended up with like 20 schools so I don’t think I’m ready to narrow things down much.”