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Missouri men's basketball team receives more preseason honors

By Missourian staff
October 8, 2012 | 10:52 p.m. CDT
Missouri's Phil Pressey struggles to control the ball in a game against the Baylor Bears in this February file photo. CBS Sports named Pressey a preseason first team All-American on Monday.

COLUMBIA — CBS Sports named Missouri men's basketball junior Phil Pressey a preseason first team All-American on Monday. A finalist for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, Pressey, a junior, helped lead the Tigers to a 30-5 record last season and had a school record 223 assists over 35 games.

"He is the consummate point guard," CBS College Basketball insider Jeff Goodman said. "It's so rare in college basketball today to have a guy like Phil who just makes everyone better."

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Pressey was a first team All-Big 12 pick by CBS Sports last season and was a Big 12 all-tournament team selection after the Tigers claimed the league title in Kansas City. He averaged career highs in scoring (10.3), rebounding (3.3), assists (6.4) and steals (2.1).

Fellow Tigers guard Mike Dixon was named a preseason second team All-American by the Sporting News. Dixon was Missouri's most efficient scorer in league play last season and was college basketball's top scorer off the bench (13.5 points per game).