There have been a lot of questions surrounding D’Runnya Wilson’s status on the basketball team. It looked like he probably wouldn’t play, then he is on the bench Saturday, now we’re not sure.
After the Ole Miss game Rick Ray said he just showed up before the game. Just like that. He had no idea he would – hasn’t had a conversation with Dan Mullen or Bear Wilson about it prior. And as of his press conference on Monday afternoon he still hadn’t really come to a resolution.
It’s a weird situation, but it also makes me think that while this basketball team could certainly use the depth a Mr. Alabama Basketball could provide, Coach Ray isn’t convinced Wilson is going to make much of a difference on this year’s team. He told reporters that D’Runnya’s future is in football so he doesn’t want to do anything to hurt that.
DeRunnya Wilson just gave me all the confidence in the world to know I can play 2 sports at MSU! Glad I got to see if they held they word !
— Elijah Staley (@ES14_) January 14, 2014
That was a tweet from Elijah Staley of the 2014 football recruiting class. He is expecting to play football and basketball at State, and this tells me that it’s all in Bear’s hands. Does he want to play or not?
Mississippi State coaches have been very accommodating when it comes to two-sport athletes recently. Specifically Dan Mullen who has the scholarship on the line. He was willing to let Cord Sandburg play baseball, now Bear Wilson and next year Elijah Staley. Unfortunately it didn’t work out with Cord since he went pro in baseball, and we’re unsure whether Wilson will play, but I believe Staley will indeed be a two-sport star at MSU.
If I was charged with predicting the future, I’d guess that Bear gets some playing time this year on the hard-court – just as Ray said, emergency minutes if his bigs get into foul trouble. In the years to come I don’t expect to see him playing basketball, because like Coach Ray mentioned, he’s got a bright future as a wide receiver.