Michael Dixon Discusses Mizzou, Fall Visits

While most of his classmates are busy deciding what they are going to wear for their first day of school, Michael Dixon is thinking basketball. More specifically, the six-foot tall point guard at Lee's Summit (MO) West is spending his time thinking about the college basketball teams that are recruiting him.

Already, Dixon has played well enough to draw offers from schools like Iowa, Kansas State, Miami, Oklahoma and Purdue. Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, California, Ohio State and others have been calling.

Mike Anderson's Missouri Tigers have offered as well.

"They tell me that I'm the type of person and player that they want for their team and their school," said Dixon. "They say that I can come in and make an impact as a freshman and that I really fit their style."

In fact, the Tigers staff has made the floor general a primary focus of their recruiting efforts.

"When I talk to Coach Anderson he always tells me that I'm the one they really need to get in my class," Dixon told Inside Mizzou. "He says that I'm the guy they want to build their 2009 class around."

While he doesn't have any favorites yet, Dixon is very familiar with Missouri. He's also very familiar with Marcus Denmon. According to Dixon, the knowledge that Denmon -- and another KC Pump ‘N Run product Steve Moore -- will be in Columbia helps Mizzou. Actually, it helps the Tigers a lot.

"It's huge, real big. Ever since I've met Marcus I've liked him as a person because he's real down to Earth," said Dixon.

"He's a people person. Sometimes he says things to people that maybe he shouldn't' be saying, but he's just telling the truth. Plus, he's a great player and makes the game easier and playing with him in college would be a good thing."

Dixon is also in the process of setting up some unofficial visits. He'll head over to Lawrence later this week, will tour Kansas State in September and he's also planning to be in Berkeley in November when Cal takes on USC in football. A visit to Purdue may be in the works and Dixon says he'll be in Columbia as well.

"I'm definitely going to be over there (Mizzou) for at least one or two football games," said Dixon. "I know that."

Right now, Dixon says there are too many schools calling to express interest to narrow things down. But, he would like to narrow things down to something like 15 schools before too much more time passes.

Distance won't be much of a factor, but support of the program will be.

"I know that my mom and dad will want me to stay close, or relatively close because they will want to see me. But for me, it really won't matter I'll go anywhere. East or West coast it doesn't matter," said Dixon. "I'm real interested in what kind of a basketball school it is. I want to make sure it is somewhere that I can see myself playing for four years."

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