Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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#10 Lawrence Roberts, Basketball Forward/Center (2004-2005) Roberts came to Mississippi State by way of transfer for the 2003-04 season after Baylor went through the horrible tragedy of having one player on a team shoot and kill another player on the team. To make it worse, the head coach of Baylor tried to cover a lot of the details of the shooting up. All the members of the team were allowed to transfer and play immediately due to the unusual circumstances surrounding the case. Mario Austin had just declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft the prior year, so the Bulldogs needed a big man down low to feed the ball to. Roberts needed someone to feed him the ball. It was a match made in heaven. Roberts had averaged close to 16 points a game and 9 rebounds his first two seasons at Baylor, and he picked up where he left off once he got to Starkville. Roberts would help lead the Bulldogs to a 26-4 season and an SEC Championship in 200. Roberts was Consensus All-American that same season and spent much of the season as a National Player of the Year Candidate.

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