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Mississippi State Looking to Return to Relevance

Mississippi State

The worst place to be in sports is actually not at the very bottom. The worst position to be in sports is in the middle. Mediocrity almost always leads to a program staying at the same level of success for a multitude of years. Good enough for a few wins here and there but not good enough to take that leap that all great championship caliber teams eventually take.

    Mississippi State has been in that middle gray area for awhile now. The Bulldogs have accumulated 10 conference regular season championships, and  four conference tournament championships. Miss st. has the tradition of winning and with it’s upcoming class of 2014 recruits, the Bulldogs might just have a chance to return to glory.

    6’9 225lbs Power Forward Oliver Beck from Wingfield, 6’6 Small Forward 195lbs Demetrious Houston from Central School and 6’1 165 lbs shooting guard Maurice Dunlap from Amanda Elzy, Beck and Dunlap hail from Mississippi while Houston is from Alabama.

Beck is a lengthy wing player who has the ability to put the ball on the floor and also has the ability to face up on defenders on the offensive end. Beck also has a serviceable mid-range jump shot that is going to keep defenders honest anytime he is on the floor. The 6’9 forward is also an excellent rebounder and defender as well. It would do Beck some good to bulk up in the weight room but with Coach  Ricky Ray hounding him that should not be a problem.

Beck has a game that with a little bit of coaching is similar to that of Portland Trail Blazers Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.  Houston, a 6’6 small forward has a very solid game that should transfer to the college level very easily.  Houston like Beck will definitely need to bulk up to be able to last in the rugged SEC. Houston has a game similar to current NBA player Rudy gay. Last but certainly not least Dunlap is going to be a special one for Coach Ray going forward. Dunlap has all of the tools necessary to be a successful point guard in the SEC. The passing and court awareness is already there for Dunlap. Dunlap’s best ability is his natural ability to score. Scoring point guards are on the rise in the game of basketball and Dunlap is absolutely lethal from 3. Dunlap is in the mold of Nate Robinson being listed at only 6’1 but can absolutely jump out of the gym.

    Coach Ray has some very solid recruits coming in with the 2014 class. Each possess a unique ability that will be vital for the Bulldogs to return back to their winning ways.