Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mikey Dixon commits to St. John's

Mikey Dixon, who won Rookie of the Year honors in MAAC last season, committed to St. John's after freshman season at Quinnipiac and will have three years of eligibility remaining. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)

With two transfers eligible next season as the rebuilding process intensifies, St. John's has already begun adding more reinforcements.

Mikey Dixon, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year this past season at Quinnipiac, committed to the Red Storm early Tuesday evening, announcing the decision via Twitter. The Delaware native will sit out during the 2017-18 season as part of his NCAA-mandated year in residence, and will have three years of eligibility remaining when the 2018-19 campaign begins. He joins Justin Simon and Marvin Clark, who sat out this past season after transferring in from Arizona and Michigan State, respectively, as the latest pieces in St. John's retooling toward what the program hopes will be a third NCAA Tournament appearance of the decade.

"First, I would like to thank the entire Quinnipiac community for giving me an awesome freshman year and believing in me," Dixon tweeted. "However, I feel that it is time for me to take the next step in my journey. With that being said, I am deciding to continue my basketball career at St. John's University. #RedStorm"

Dixon had competing offers from Cincinnati, George Washington, La Salle, Penn State and Massachusetts as well, settling on the Red Storm with Penn State and UMass in his final three choices, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. Of St. John's and what attracted him to the corner of Union and Utopia, he stated head coach Chris Mullin's style and philosophy; coupled with the competition of the Big East Conference and its seven NCAA Tournament teams, was a match made in heaven.

"I wanted to challenge myself and play at the highest level I could," Dixon told Braziller. "I'm ready to push myself, push my limits and get better. There's nowhere better to play than in the Big East."

A 6-foot-2 point guard who can also play off the ball, Dixon will learn Mullin's offense from Marcus LoVett, who eschewed professional opportunities to return to St. John's for his sophomore season. At Quinnipiac, Dixon's 16.5 points per game; which he supplemented with 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, led the Bobcats in offensive production, and allowed him to be the MAAC's sixth-leading scorer as a freshman. He announced he had received his official release from Quinnipiac on March 30, two days after the Bobcats hired Baker Dunleavy to replace Tom Moore as head coach.

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