In-State Star Guard an Early Commitment?

The Missouri basketball staff has apparently been working hard to convince Lee's Summit (Mo.) junior Michael Dixon to make an early commitment, and it isn't difficult to understand why – Dixon is the subject of recruiting attention from coast to coast and is rated the No. 7 point guard in the Class of 2009. The question, then, is whether or not Dixon is considering an early pledge.

"It would have to be a huge" change to prompt an early decision, Dixon said. "I don't think so."

It's difficult to fault him for wanting to take his time. Mizzou is one of many schools chasing him, including but not limited to: California, Purdue, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan and Miami. Dixon is intrigued by the possibility of playing on the West Coast and took a trip to Cal recently.

"They're OK right about now," he said. "It was pretty good."

He'll also be visiting MU sometime in the near future, and he got to see the Tigers up close and personal recently when Mike Anderson brought his team to Lee's Summit to practice before the CBE Classic -- a move most likely intended to make an impression on Dixon, who could be the No. 1 prospect on Mizzou's entire recruiting board at this point.

Despite the fact he is enjoying the process and probably won't commit anytime soon, Dixon holds MU in high esteem.

"They want me to do it, it seems like, as soon as possible. But they know, like I told the, that they'll be there until the end," he said.

He's been paying close attention to the Tigers so far this season.

"They had some tough losses early but they won a big one the other night [against Purdue]. I think they're about to get it going," he said.

Dixon's team is off to a 2-1 start this season, and the 6-1, 165-pound point guard is averaging 20.3 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Asked what the biggest improvements in his game are, he said they have nothing to do with the physical aspects.

"Now I am adjusting to the role of being the team leader. It's not really about my play, it's about getting the most out of my teammates and giving them the most confidence possible," he said. "It's not really about my stats, it's about getting the win no matter what."

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