June 3, 2009

Smith overcoming injury adversities

Mississippi State basketball signee Shaunessy Smith has battled through his share of adversity over the past year.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound shooting guard underwent hip surgery last summer and played through tremendous pain during his senior year leading Noxubee County with 24.4 points per game, eight rebounds and three assists. Now Smith will start another round of rehab on his wrist that he has surgically repaired following the season.

So just how healthy does the first team all-state selection think he will be when the season tips off in November?

"My hip is doing good," Smith said. "I had surgery on my wrist and I start rehabbing that (today). Everything should be healed up by the time the season starts."

Smith was one of three signees that enrolled in summer classes on Tuesday.

"I graduated and I'm up here at State now," Smith said. "(Yesterday) was my first class. Everything went pretty good. Three of us are up here already. Wendell Lewis my roommate and John Riek is over here now. They seem like some pretty cool dudes."

The only signee that has not enrolled yet is five-star power forward Renardo Sidney, who is still taking classes at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and will not graduate until June 19. Sidney told BulldogBlitz last week that he plans to move to Starkville and enroll in the second summer term in July.

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