At the end of the day, combo guard Jarred Dixon was hoping to stay close to home and Missouri State was hoping to land more talent from Kansas City. It all came together nicely on Saturday when Dixon committed to play his college ball for the Bears.
Competitive and tough, Dixon is a skinny but long armed prospect from Lee's Summit (Mo.) West. The 6-foot-3 rising senior was down to visit Springfield in June and after taking July to mull over his options and see who else might want to jump into his recruitment, Dixon realized he already had everything that he needed in Missouri State.
"I just felt that it was the perfect fit for me," Dixon told Rivals.com. "I really connected with Coach Lusk and the rest of his staff.
"It's only about two and a half hours away so my family can watch me play. I think it will be fun playing in the Missouri Valley."
The younger brother of former Missouri and Memphis point guard Mike Dixon, the younger Dixon has a style much different from his brother. He likes to catch the ball on the move and attack from the wing and along either baseline. Dixon attacks holes in the defense and is a very good transition finisher with the tools to be a lockdown perimeter defender.
As Dixon develops more strength and continues to hone his outside jumper, he has the tools to develop into a nice Missouri Valley player.