Originally Posted by DJ's left nut
I don't think you can do that to the kid.
He's been a model soldier and one of the hardest workers I've seen in a long time for Mizzou. As a senior, he deserves to get that first run at the starter gig.
If he can't handle it or Mizzou is better with him coming off the bench, I'm confident that Haith will deal with that and Dixon will take the demotion like he's taken everything in his career. But ultimately he's absolutely earned the starting job going into the season.
Besides, Dixon more of an undersized 2 than a true 1 anyway. And we don't really have anyone to replace Denmons volume as a scorer if Dixon stays on the bench. I don't think you can count on that from Ross or Bell.
If one of them can just force Dixon to the bench, so be it. But it has to be Dixon's job to lose. He's earned that right.
Sure I can see that, and I'm sure we will likely start him. I'm just saying that I think we would be better if he is brought off the bench and we start a more traditional lineup with Bell/Brown at 2 and Ross at 3. I loved bringing him off the bench for instant offense this year.
Dixon is a combo guard and not a pure PG, but he's the closest thing we have to a PG after Pressey. I wonder if it will be difficult for him to shift his mindset from scoring as a 2 guard to distributing as a 1 if Pressey gets in foul trouble.