Dixon Ready To Put Off-Season Work To Use

As the Missouri Tigers prepare to begin their 2012-2013 basketball season, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with senior PG Michael Dixon, who is excited to get his final campaign underway.

As the Missouri Tigers prepare to begin their 2012-2013 basketball season, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with senior PG Michael Dixon, who is excited to get his final campaign underway.

Dixon appears to have done good work during the off-season, and he appears to be an improved player from last season, when he was a key component on a Missouri team that finished the season 30-5.

"I would hope (that I'm a better player),"  laughed Dixon, when I suggested to him that he looks like he's a better player this year.

Dixon talked about how quickly his time at Missouri has gone by.

"I can remember playing pick-up games here in the summer when I was a freshman, just getting here,"   said Dixon.  "And now, I'm a senior.  It's crazy how time flies.  I'd just like to make this the best year of my life."

Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith weighed in on Mike Dixon.

"I think Mike has gotten a lot better at the point guard,"  said Coach Haith.   "In terms of understanding that position, and the way that we want to play, he's gotten a lot better."

Dixon weighed in with some of his thoughts on this year's Missouri team.

"I think this team has the capability of being a truly complete unit,"  explained Dixon.   "We have so many guards.  And, this is the year that we have big guys.   I think we've got a great team!"

"I think we're going to be a better rebounding team,"  explained Dixon.   "We rebounded really well overseas, and we didn't play against any small teams.   The guards on this team can rebound.  Keion and Earnest are tremendous rebounders!   And, Alex cleans up the glass.    That's something that you need to take into account when you get a lead on the road, or a lead at home.   That's how you get people out of the game, and get those wins, when you get the rebound, and end the other team's offensive possessions.   I think that's something that's going to be our strength this year."

"I love playing with these guys,"   Dixon continued.   "Everybody plays the right way…………………………………………… That's Coach Haith's stamp on his kind of program is playing unselfish on offense and being relentless on defense.    Everybody feeds off of it.   The guy that makes the pass for the shot is just as happy as the guy who makes the shot.    It's just a really good feeling playing that way."

     

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