MU's Anderson Watching Gifted Mo. Point Guard

Even though he just finished up his sophomore season of hoops at Lee's Summit (MO) West, Mike Dixon is already well known by college coaches. A six foot point guard known for making his teammates better while being able to generate his own offense, the 16-year-old has had plenty of programs check him out.

Schools like Missouri, Creighton, Missouri State, Washington State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Purdue and others have been by to watch him work out, meet with his high school coach or check him out with his summer team, KC Pump ‘N' Run.

Last weekend, the slender point guard led his team to the quarterfinals of the 16 and under division of the Next Level Ballers Invitational in Duncanville, TX and enjoyed the opportunity to play in front of college coaches.

"It was a good experience and I liked it," said Dixon. "Some guys say it gets boring, but it doesn't seem like it would get boring to look out and see coaches there to see you play, but maybe that's just me."

Among the coaches Dixon noticed was Missouri head coach Mike Anderson.

"Coach Anderson was at one of our games and Missouri was at a couple of our other games," said Dixon. "I think they really like me, but I think that they are really focused on their older players right now. But, they are going to focus on me soon. They treat me like we've been knowing each other for a while and I think they are going to get real serious soon."

Having already been an unofficial visitor for a handful of basketball and football games, the Kansas City area star has already been able to get a good feel for what it would be like to play college ball in Columbia.

"I like Missouri, I like the facilities. You can just tell how the facilities are that they are financially set," Dixon told Inside Mizzou. "I really like it from a college standpoint, even if I wasn't playing basketball I'd consider going to Missouri."

Because of his youth and the fact that programs are just starting to get serious with him, Dixon hasn't decided on any favorites. However, he's already learned that he needs to make sure he's bringing it every time he takes the court because he never knows who will be watching.

"I don't really have a favorite yet because I don't get to talk to the coaches a lot. I used to just think that everybody sending me letters was recruiting me, but now I see that it's a lot more than that," said Dixon. "I know that I've got to play good and hard all the time because you never know who is there watching you. I mean, you might think there's two coaches there and you come out of the game and it's more like eight."

According to Dixon, he's going to look for a school that supports it's basketball program the same whether it's an exhibition or national championship game. As for what fans can expect out of him when they get a chance to see him, he says that people can expect to see a pure point guard.

"I'm a pass first, shoot second point guard. I like to get my teammates involved first because they'll help me get shots later on even though I'm a point guard," noted Dixon. "You look for them first and that keeps them happy the whole game. To me it's fun to get assists, points are going to come. The game is too long not to score."

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