When Mississippi State made the decision to fire Rick Ray many found it to be a curious move. Clearly Bulldog Athletic Director Scott Stricklin had a plan, and it became clear that the plan was to hire Ben Howland.
Howland, who had a great run at UCLA, quickly accepted the job, and has hit the ground running on the recruiting trail. First he reeled in five-star class of 2015 commitment Malik Newman, and now in the 2016 class he has things rolling.
Carter is a Starkville native and a Bulldog legacy. That said even if the kid was from Mars he would be someone that Howland would want. A gifted scorer who is a good athlete and has the ability to play point guard, Carter saw his stock soar over the summer, and since then he has been a priority recruit for high-majors all over the country.
With Carter, Wright, and Peters on board, the backcourt looks set for the immediate future with athleticism, size, and versatility. Now however the Bulldogs have a chance for a special class.
Currently Mississippi State is either the leader or co-leader for three other four-star prospects. Power forward/center De'Ron Davis, center Schnider Herard, and combo forward Mario Kegler are all heavily considering the Bulldogs, and most think they are right there in the mix.
Davis is set to visit Mississippi State officially next weekend, and behind the scenes most have been saying that the Bulldogs are making up a ton of ground in recent weeks on Indiana. Herard is a space eater who rebounds and blocks shots, and he could be next in line for the Bulldogs. Then there is Kegler who is a local product, and someone Howland has made a priority from day one.
Even if Mississippi State only lands two of the three remaining frontcourt talents, that would mean a minimum of five four-star prospects in the class. That would potentially get the Bulldogs into the top five nationally recruiting wise, and certainly at worst they would be in the top 10.
There has never been any question about Howland’s ability to coach, and he is already proving to have the touch in the complex recruiting grounds in the Deep South. That combination likely will lead to have a lot of wins for Mississippi State going forward.