Missouri coach Frank Haith announced Friday that senior guard Michael Dixon Jr. and freshman guard Dominique Bull have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Haith refused to place a timeline on how long both players will be out, but he did confirm that both will miss MU’s exhibition opener at 7 p.m. Monday vs. Northwest Missouri State.
“The time frame will also depend on the player and their response to adversity,” said Haith, who added that the suspensions are not related to an NCAA or a legal matter.
Haith added that Dixon, a projected starter, has not been participating in practice recently while Bull has. He said his decision to suspend both has been in the works for “a couple weeks.”
“I want this to be personal growth time for both these young men,” Haith said. “I’ve seen some of that from Mike, who has had some time off to work on some academic stuff. He’s made some strides in that area and I’m really proud of him.”
Dixon, who was named to the media’s preseason all-SEC second team, is expected to team up with star junior point guard Phil Pressey to form one of the best backcourts in the conference. Dixon averaged 15.3 points per game last season, when he was named the Big 12’s sixth man of the year. MU is expected to be much deeper this year, with the addition of several freshmen and key transfers. Senior Keion Bell and freshman Negus Webster-Chan could earn additional minutes at the two spot in Dixon’s absence. Dixon was expected to handle the ball when Pressey gets out of the game, but Bell has displayed the ability to handle the ball, as well.
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