Mizzou Transfer Mike Dixon Cleared at Memphis (UPDATED)
Former Missouri shooting guard Michael Dixon been cleared to play immediately at Memphis.
The 6-foot-1 Dixon left Missouri last November after two sexual assault claims became public, although he never faced criminal charges.
“Michael articulated his position to our Memphis committee upon arrival on our campus and explained why he felt it imperative that he finish his degree work at this institution,” Memphis AD Tom Bowen said in a statement. “He had heard of the academic successes and degree standards for former Tiger basketball players at Memphis and as a result, wanted to complete his degree here.”
“I have every faith in the basketball program and its standards,” said Memphis interim President Brad Martin. “The University is standing up for Michael Dixon and we expect him to exceed our highest expectations. We are glad that he will have the opportunity to complete his degree at Memphis.”
Dixon averaged 13.5 points as Missouri’s sixth man in 2011-12. He has one year of eligibility left.
“He gives us good depth and leadership,” head coach Josh Pastner told SNY.tv. “He has been coached by two very good coaches in Mike Anderson and Frank Haith.”Dixon will join Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford in what should be a loaded backcourt for Pastner’s club as they enter the new American Athletic Conference.Follow Adam Zagoria on TwitterAnd like ZAGS on Facebook
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