July 8, 2009

Beckham back and better than ever

Mississippi State point guard Twany Beckham admitted that he was nervous stepping onto the court last season as a true freshman.

The former three-star recruit saw action in 33 games last season but knows now what to expect out of the pressures of playing basketball in the Southeastern Conference and what is required of him now.

"As a freshman you don't really know what to expect going into it," Beckham said. "Coming back this year I know what to expect. I'm a little more comfortable. I won't be as nervous this year as I was last year. I feel like we've got a job to get done and I'm ready."

Beckham averaged 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season shooting 36.5-percent from the floor and 50-percent from the free throw line.

Beckham began this summer by returning to his hometown of Louisville, Ky., and began working with a personal trainer before coming back to Starkville to begin work with strength coach Richard Akins.

"My summer went great," Beckham said. "I got with a personal trainer and got in the weight room and worked on my foot speed. I got in the gym a lot and did a lot of ball handling and shot a lot of jump shots. This year I am going to comeback more improved so I can try to get more playing time."

The 6-foot-5 Beckham was listed at 190-pounds when the 2008-09 season began but has made it a point to not only get stronger but bigger as well. He is now up to an even 200-pounds.

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