LMU is being considered as a dark horse candidate to land transfer Michael Dixon Jr., formally of University of Missouri. Dixon Jr. is a big time guard to would come in and make an impact immediately to any team he went to. Dixon Jr. played big time minutes for the Tigers in the three years he was in Columbia; averaging 16.6 minutes per game as a freshman, 22.3 minutes per game as a sophomore, and 26.7 minutes per game as a junior. Dixon Jr. was a potent scorer off the bench, averaging 13.7 points per game as a junior while shooting .478 from the field. Dixon Jr. was named the sixth man of the year by a number of media outlets in 2012.
Dixon has a bit of checkered past. He has been accused of rape twice, once in 2010 and the other in the august of 2012, but he has not once been convicted. He was suspended indefinitely for the 2012-2013 season, and decided to transfer before he ever played a game for the Tigers last season. He is looking for a fresh start at a new university after his time at Mizzou. However, he will be on a very short leash, wherever he goes based on what transpired the last few years.
The schools reportedly most interested in Dixon’s services are East Carolina, Baylor, Colorado, and LMU. It is unsure on whether Dixon Jr. will be able to play right away, but there is a solid chance that would be the case. Dez Wells was in a similar situation that Dixon Jr. is currently in; being accused of sexual assault but not charged. He was granted the right to play immediately when he transferred from Xavier to play at Maryland for his sophomore season. If this is any indication, then Dixon Jr. would likely be able to play immediately for which ever team he decides to transfer to.
LMU fans must be salivating at the prospect of having Anthony Ireland and Michael Dixon Jr. in the same backcourt. It’s fairly unclear if the Lions are a serious contenders for Dixon Jr., but the fact that they are being mentioned is a great sign. If somehow they convince Dixon Jr. to come west to Los Angeles, watch out WCC.