September 25, 2012

Busy preseason for Ray, Bulldogs

It has been an eventful offseason for Mississippi State men's basketball.

The preseason has been just as busy for Bulldogs new head coach Rick Ray. Ray has been splitting time between his team's workouts and the recruiting trail this fall.

"Our guys are doing a great job as far as working but right now you got to find a fine balance in going out and recruiting to being around your team," Ray said. "So I am always trying to make sure we schedule things around our team as far as when we are doing individual workouts so I don't miss those but still going out to make sure we get some good basketball players."

Since taking over for the retired Rick Stansbury on April 1, Ray has seen his already thin roster deplete even more through injuries and dismissals. True freshmen Jacoby Davis and Fred Thomas have both suffered preseason injuries which resulted in Davis being lost for the year.

Ray also had to dismiss juniors Shaun Smith and Kristers Zeidaks from the team earlier this month for unspecified violations of team rules.

"Well, it really hasn't been an adjustment at all because we knew Jacoby was hurt and that happened right at the beginning of the summer time," Ray said. "Now we're in the fall so it hasn't been any adjustment with that. The biggest thing right now is those guys don't know me as far as the system I am trying to implement and I don't know them.



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