UMass in the mix for Quinnipiac transfer guard

  • Quinnipiac guard Mikey Dixon (3) steals a ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Gonzaga won 82-62. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Published: 4/4/2017 7:33:28 PM

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Association rookie of the year is looking for greener pastures.

Mikey Dixon, the 6-foot-2 guard from Delaware, who averaged 16.5 points this year as a freshman at Quinnipiac has received his release and will transfer. According to multiple reports, new UMass coach Matt McCall has expressed interest.

Landing him won’t be an easy task. In addition to UMass, Cincinnati, St. John’s George Washington, La Salle, Nevada and La Salle have shown interest.

Dixon, who is completing his freshman year, will have to sit out the 2017-18 season wherever he transfers to and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

He scored at least 20 points 10 times. He was a 37.0 shooter from 3-point range (60-for-162) and was and 85.9 percent free throw shooter.

The former Delaware high school player of the year, is one of the three Quinnipiac players to transfer after coach Tom Moore was fired.

New UMass Matt McCall can pursue Dixon, and others because Zach Lewis and Zach Coleman have both decided to transfer and Seth Berger could join them.

Transferring used to largely be players leaving schools where they weren’t happy with their role for a smaller school and a chance to play more and increase their contribution.

Dixon is part of a growing number of players who attempt to transfer up every year as many of the top players at mid or low major schools using strong seasons as an opportunity to vault to a larger school. Several players like that have landed in the Atlantic 10 in recent years. Chaz Williams (Hofstra), Derrick Gordon (Western Kentucky) and Zach Lewis (Canisius) have followed similar paths to UMass in recent years.

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