Stringer Eyeballs Two SEC Schools

Mississippi's "Mr. Basketball" might not be tall but he's accurate with his jump shot and sports an impressive pair of early suitors.

The shortest player to win "Mr. Basketball" in Mississippi since 1979 is on track to play somewhere in the SEC. Andre Stringer, a 5-foot-10 point guard out of Forest Hill played in last weekend's Boo Williams Invitational for the Jackson Tigers.

Stringer averaged 25 points and seven assists as a junior. He had the kind of year that caught the attention of schools in his region and two in particular are out of the gates faster than the rest.

"It's a lot of coaches but I'm really focusing on Alabama and LSU right now," Stringer said. "I feel real comfortable with them and everything is playing out good."

Stringer hasn't met the new Tide coach but does chat him up on the phone. "I call in and talk to (Anthony Grant)," Stringer said. "They aren't too far from home and of course Mo Williams (went there). He's from Jackson."

LSU made an impression as well. "LSU isn't far away so that's one plus. They had a very good year this year."

Stringer's jump shot is his calling card. He had it working from deep last weekend. "My biggest change (since last year) is I'm trying to get a lot stronger as far as going to the rack. A lot of guys are going to be bigger than me in college. My main focus is to get bigger.

"I do a lot of mid-range shots but I try to stay outside on the perimeter because a lot of guys are long and lengthy and they may try and block my shots."

Mississippi State was another program Stringer mentioned but said there won't any decisions coming from him in the near future. Stringer sounds intent on taking official visits this fall.

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