MSU Signee Gavin Ware Update

Mississippi State basketball signee Gavin Ware of Starkville High School has continued to improve his game as he prepares to move to the next level of basketball.

At the January 16th Rumble In The South basketball tournament held at Mississippi College Gavin showed an exceptional power move to the basket, scoring with a man on each shoulder in his team's game against Ridgeland High School. Starkville High School head basketball coach Greg Carter wasn't surprised that Gavin scored on the play.

"Gavin has continued to work hard on playing hard around the basket, especially when he has the ball in his hands," said Carter. "Some guys are hard to coach when that ball is in their hands but not Gavin."

Gavin is very coachable not only in games but in practice as well according to Carter.

"My assistant coaches put him through post drills in practice," said Carter. "And one of the things they work on all the time is scoring with contact."

Gavin gives credit to his coaches for helping him develop his offensive power moves around the basket.

"We work endlessly in the gym as a simulation to getting double and triple team near the goal," said Gavin. "Going strong to the basket is my second best strength. My best strength is my shooting."

And that hard work in practice helped him in his game against Ridgeland because he played against one of the biggest high school players in Mississippi, Jamal Hester.

"He is a big kid, a player," said Gavin "You very seldom get to play against a player his size (in high school) in Mississippi. Playing against someone his size, you learn from it because you have to play hard against someone his size."

While his size and strength are obvious, Gavin also has another asset that will help him on the next level.

"He runs pretty good for his size," said Carter. "That is going to be an asset for him once he gets to that next level."

Although he has the size, strength and speed for the next level, Gavin realizes he's far from being the finished product when it comes to the college game.

"I still need to work on my footwork," said Gavin. "In the SEC I will probably work at the four instead of the five. So, I'll need to work on my footwork, and also get stronger. I also want to get wiser on the court. That will create more options for me."

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