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September 4, 2013

Former MU guard Michael Dixon Jr. will play this fall at Memphis

Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. will play basketball this season at Memphis after receiving a NCAA waiver.

Former Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. will play basketball this season at Memphis.

Dixon’s father, Michael Dixon Sr., confirmed in a text message to The Star on Wednesday afternoon that his son has been granted a NCAA waiver that allows him to compete immediately following a transfer.

“Mike Jr. will play this year,” Dixon Sr. wrote.

Dixon, a 6-foot-1 guard from Lee’s Summit West, transferred to Memphis in June after leaving MU in December.

He was suspended by MU coach Frank Haith in October for what he called a violation of team rules, but two documented allegations of rape against Dixon surfaced within a month. He was never charged in either case but chose to leave the program.

Dixon, who has a year of eligibility remaining, received a waiver similar to the one Maryland star Dez Wells received last fall to play immediately. Wells was expelled from Xavier in the midst of allegations of sexual assault, but was never charged.

Dixon should add scoring to a Memphis team that went 31-5 and reached the NCAA Tournament round of 32 last season. As a junior at Missouri in 2011-12, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists and won the Big 12’s sixth man of the year award.

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