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Missouri suspends Michael Dixon and Dominique Bull indefinitely

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Friday afternoon, Missouri head coach Frank Haith announced that senior guard Michael Dixon and freshman guard Dominique Bull have been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.

Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports was the first to report on the suspensions.

Dixon was projected to make up a strong backcourt in the SEC, playing alongside Phil Pressey, the conference preseason player of the year.

“We have high expectations for our players, and particularly our seniors,” Haith told the media. “The time frame will also depend on the player and their response to adversity.

“I want this to be personal growth time for both these young men. 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.”

Last season, Dixon was one of the nation’s best bench players, averaging 13.5 points 3.3 assists for the Tigers. Mizzou can handle the suspension, as the Tigers enter the season with a loaded core of guards.

Besides Pressey, Mizzou add transfers Keion Bell and Earnest Ross this season, after both sat out last season. The 6-foot-4 Bell, who came from Pepperdine, averaged over 18 points per game in his last two collegiate seasons and has one year left of eligibility. Ross, the 6-foot-5 junior, averaged 13.1 points per game in 2010-2011 for Auburn.

Jabari Brown will be eligible to play in the second semester following his transfer from Oregon, while freshman Negus Webster-Chan adds size on the perimeter at 6-foot-7.

The length of each suspension has yet to be determined by Haith.

Missouri is ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP poll, released today. The Tigers start the season Nov. 10 against SIU-Edwardsville at home.

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UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.