Column: Michael Dixon's reaction to the decision made by the NCAA

During the summer, Michael Dixon had transferred to Memphis and wanted to be part of the basketball program. He simply wanted to put his past behind him and move forward with his basketball career. Not only was he thinking about basketball, he also wants to finish school and receive his degree. But there was one problem. The NCAA had to decide his fate as a basketball player. Well, they granted him his wish on Wednesday of this week and he’s officially a Memphis Tiger. The former Missouri guard talked about how he felt about the situation and what he hopes to accomplish with his teammates this upcoming season.

“It’s been a crazy 24 hours or so, not knowing what’s gonna happen; not knowing if I’m gonna finish school as well as play basketball or just where my life was going to go after this,” said the former studded star from Missouri. He made his statement at a short news conference on Thursday at the University of Memphis campus.

“So I’m just extremely blessed, extremely thankful and just happy to still be here.”

The great thing about his situation is that he’s been here through the summer workouts and has gotten comfortable under Pastner’s system. He has a positive feeling at Memphis and with his new profound teammates especially freshman Nick King. They both played together in the Bluff City Classic. With Dixon on the Memphis squad, they are definitely dangerous and athletic. CBSSports.com mentioned on Thursday that Memphis has the best backcourt in the nation with Dixon, Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford and Geron Johnson.

“I’d like to agree with that statement,” said Dixon, “but it’s all about proving what you can do on the floor. We’ve got some veteran guys that understand that so I think we’ll be ready to uphold that.

“But nothing is done on paper. I played on a 2011-2012 Missouri team that was arguably the best team in the country and we lost our first NCAA tournament game to a 15 seed. So nothing is promised and nothing is guaranteed.”

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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