Big changes in store for overhauled Mississippi St


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A complete overhaul has rendered Mississippi State's basketball program barely recognizable from a year ago.

Longtime coach Rick Stansbury is gone. So are all five starters.

In their place is first-year coach Rick Ray and a band of Bulldogs that are mostly inexperienced, undersized or both. From the outside looking in, it appears a long season is in store.

But Ray — who came to Starkville after two seasons as an assistant at Clemson — isn't ready to call this a rebuilding project.

He'll build around the only two players who played a significant role last season. Junior Jalen Steele averaged 8.7 points per game and was second on the team with 70 3-pointers. Senior Wendell Lewis averaged 3.8 points while also leading the team with 30 blocked shots.

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