April 16, 2012

Hardwick remaining positive

There has not been a lot of sunshine in Starkville surrounding the men's basketball program at Mississippi State this offseason.

The retirement of Rick Stansbury coupled with the early departure of several key personnel has brought doubt surrounding the program. But that's not the way P.J. Hardwick chooses to see things.

The three-star point guard signee believes the transitions will open up plenty of doors for him with the Bulldogs.

"I look at it in a positive way," Hardwick said. "A lot of people don't look at it in a positive way but I think it's a very positive thing. I will come in ready to play in the SEC and that's just extra playing time for me and a chance to get experience early and lead the team to some victories."

Naturally there was some uncertainty from Hardwick during the days leading up to Rick Ray's hire.

"It was real busy with a lot of ups and downs," Hardwick said. "I didn't know who was coming in there for a minute. But I've talked with Coach Ray and he said some pretty positive things and sounds like a great guy."

But the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder received some encouragement during the transition period from Stansbury and former assistant coach Marcus Grant which helped ease some of Hardwick's doubts.

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