Monday’s events included the announcement that Deville Smith had withdrawn from school and Renardo Sidney had signed with an agent. Of course, both of those things mean neither player will be playing for State next year.
Arnett Moultrie was expected to make an announcement about whether or not he would enter the NBA Draft today, but he hasn’t said anything yet. However, he is likely to move on.
Add Dee Bost and Brian Bryant to the above three as they are graduating. All five of these players accounted for a combined 53.5 points per game.
Rodney Hood will clearly be the team leader as a sophomore next year. Jalen Steele will be a junior, and he should be back as well. Those two give State a pretty good shooting guard and guard/small forward who accounted for 19 PPG and 6.6 RPG combined.
After that, it’s pretty thin. Wendell Lewis will be a senior, and likely to be a starter. He averaged 3.8 PPG and 4 RPG. Shaun Smith will be a junior….he had less than a point per game, and only played 40 minutes all year. Kristers Zeidaks should be ready to go next year, and we’ll most likely need him to start at the four.
Gavin Ware, out of Starkville, has signed his letter of intent to MSU. He’s a 6′-8″ 230 PF/C….basically the same size as Zeidaks. Maybe both of them can work together to hold down one position, hopefully.
Who will play point guard? Bost is gone, and now Deville Smith. If Josh Grey remains with MSU he will be the likely choice – a 3-star freshman from Houston, TX.
Probable Starting 5:
PG – Josh Grey, Fr.
SG – Jalen Steele, Jr.
SF – Rodney Hood, So.
PF – Kristers Zeidaks, Jr.
C – Wendell Lewis, Sr.