November 5, 2010

Stansbury putting the pieces in place

Mississippi State will take to the floor for the first time against another opponent this season tomorrow in exhibition play against Lindsey Wilson.

Once again head coach Rick Stansbury will be faced with the challenge of mixing and matching a lineup especially with the suspensions of Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney through the first few games.

"It will probably be a lot of rotating going on in every game, seeing what mixes and matches until we can figure out what functions the best and how it functions the best," Stansbury said. "Now you watch the scrimmage, it's obvious what Dee does to your team, how much better he makes it. But we have to find other ways in the meantime to make it work without him for 15 games or 14 games or whatever it is. So it's going to be a situation that we'll continue to mix and match. And I'm not worried about who is starting, you guys know that. We'll just try to keep playing these games and kind of figure it out and try to get better in this stretch."

Bost, who scored 40 points and dished out 13 assists in the Bulldogs 52-minute intersquad scrimmage this past weekend, will serve a nine game suspension beginning at the end of the academic semester for not pulling his name out of the NBA Draft before the deadline.

"You want Dee on that floor," Stansbury said. "Dee has made huge improvements in every way, he's taken this situation and made a positive with it and it's carried over to his game. Now his game is really, really good. Again, where we fit him in at, hey, that's an easy problem right there when you fit in guys that you know can really, really help you."

Filling the void at the point for MSU in Bost's absence will be Twany Beckham, who missed the entire 2009-10 season with multiple hip surgeries, and junior college transfer Brian Bryant.

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