Another Invite crown for K.C.
Seven games in three days – including a trio on Sunday for Kansas City Pump N Run – is a lot of basketball, no matter who you are.
That’s why L.J. Goolsby is glad he has Mike Dixon running the show.
Behind Dixon, one of the country’s top point guard prospects in the 2009 class, Pump N Run wrapped up the weekend with its fourth straight Jayhawk Invitational 17-and-under division title.
The local AAU power slugged High Intensity of Oakland, Calif., 62-42, Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
“He’s such an aggressive point guard, and he just keeps coming at you,” Pump N Run coach Goolsby said. “I think he’s going to have a tremendous summer. A lot of coaches are going to fall in love with him, because in this particular class, there aren’t a lot of great point guards, and he’s a really good one. He’s great for us because he gets everyone set up, and it all starts with him. I’m just lucky he’s on our team.”
Dixon showed a little bit of everything that adds up to his being ranked as the No. 87 prospect in next year’s crop of seniors by Rivals.com. And, along with what Goolsby said, coaches are taking notice. The most recent scholarship offer to the Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West standout came from Louisville.
In Sunday’s finale, Dixon finished with 14 points off 6-of-10 shooting. He had seven assists, three steals and three rebounds.
His scoring display included a pair of three-pointers, while his quick and active hands created all three of his takeaways. He consistently kept his cool in both the halfcourt set and on the fast break, despite a bit of mental fatigue from the long, taxing weekend.
“Physically, it’s not as bad because L.J. gets us in pretty good shape in practice and stuff, but mentally, it’s kind of (tiring),” Dixon said. “We keep winning this tournament. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just our luck. We knew we could do it because we were pretty confident from winning a tournament last weekend.”
That momentum didn’t just carry over for Dixon. Topeka Hayden’s Jeff Reid, who is being pursued most aggressively by Kansas State and Gonzaga, scored 10 points. Justin Clark of William Chrisman (Mo.) High scored 12 points off four three-pointers.
Most of the buckets, though, were set up by Dixon feeds. His assist total easily could have reached double digits given how many open looks he orchestrated which simply didn’t drop through.
“That’s what I like to do most is just get my teammates involved,” he said. “Then the game comes so much easier for you scoring-wise. And the game’s too long to worry about scoring.”
On top of the recent Louisville offer, there’s the attention from other schools – Missouri, Oklahoma, Cal, Purdue and Marquette to name a few. Tennessee also came out to watch him play in the last week.
“I don’t have a clue where I’m going,” he said. “I’m just enjoying the recruiting process right now, because it’s really not as bad as everybody says it is. Right now, it’s really kinda fun.”