This evening, St. John’s received word that Mikey Dixon, a 6’2” guard transferring from Quinnipiac University, has chosen the Red Storm over UMass and Penn State.
After sitting out this season, Dixon will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018-19; it will be like recruiting a solid freshman this season for Chris Mullin’s Red Storm.
Dixon completed his freshman year at Quinnipiac, a team that struggled to a 10-21 record - though he and his teammate Peter Kiss shined on the offensive end. Dixon won the major accolade of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year award this season.
Dixon, who scored 16 points per game on 52% shooting inside the arc, 37% shooting from beyond the three-point line and 86% at the free throw line, is a late-blooming player from Delaware who can score and get his shot on the MAAC level. He can pass a little but was more of an attacking scorer for the Quinnipiac Bobcats.
He scored 20 or more points ten times; on the other hand, he struggled against the better defenses he faced (Gonzaga, Seton Hall and the physical & relentless Saint Peter’s, twice). And he only scored eight points against another physical defense, the Niagara Purple Eagles, in his final game for Quinnipiac.
At his size (6’2”, 160 pounds), Mikey Dixon will need to add strength to contend with the more athletic Big East guards. With a year to practice, though, he will have a chance to improve.
Where he will slot in will depend on the decisions of the players on the roster. Marcus LoVett considered going pro after this year, and may consider that option again; as Richard Freudenberg made clear, pro options could come calling for someone like Federico Mussini.
We don’t really know, but Dixon could find a solid amount of playing time, especially in the Mussini role, on a St. John’s team that loves aggressive, attacking scorers.
'The System is perfect for me,' elite scorer Mikey Dixon on @StJohnsBBall— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 11, 2017
Dixon will have three seasons remaining.
St. John’s continues to recruit, looking at two Putnam Science Academy centers in the late period (Isaac Kante and Alex Yetna), with JUCO Nikola Scekic of interest to the Red Storm. 2018 commit Boubacar Diakite will visit this weekend, and the Johnnies have been in pursuit of 2018 point guard Luther Muhammad and centers Naz Reid and Moses Brown.
Also, of interest on the transfer front, will the Quinnipiac shooter Peter Kiss - who we profiled earlier - follow?