CoachSpeak: Maurice Dunlap

Maurice Dunlap was Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray's first commitment. The thing that stands out about Dunlap is his ability to hit the three-point shot. But according to Amanda Elzy High School head coach Gerald Glass, Dunlap is more than a great outside shooter.

"This is my fifth year to coach here and he's been with me three years," said Glass. "Since I first saw him, he's gotten a little stronger and a little more explosive. He can be even stronger but I believe he's ready to take it to the next level."

One of the pieces of the Mississippi State puzzle that is missing from this year's Bulldog basketball team is a great outside shooter. Glass feels like Dunlap can be that missing piece and more.

"He can get his three anytime," said Glass. "He's a talented kid with a lot of ability but he still has to work on his fundamentals and learn to take what the defense gives you. I try to teach him to take what the defense gives him; take the mid-range shot (if it is there). We have been working with him to get his mid-range game going. He's been working hard during the off-season. He's a gym rat so he's an easy kid to coach.

Glass also feels like Dunlap is a very unselfish player.

"He's a shooter that can also score but he's really unselfish," said Glass. "He doesn't have any problem getting his teammates involved because he's a team player."

He's also a great teammate off the court as well.

"He's a humble kid," said Glass. "Despite all of the accolades, he's a great kid who is very humble. He's a great kid to be around. All of the kids love him. And I just enjoy coaching him."

Glass played two years of his college basketball at Ole Miss and was selected in the first-round of the 1990 NBA draft at the end of his Ole Miss career. He then played four years in the NBA. Because he has college and pro experience, he understands what is ahead of Dunlap when he gets to Mississippi State.

"I emphasize to him everyday to get ready for what's ahead of him," said Glass. "He knows he's got to get bigger and stronger."

Glass also has one request of his player when he plays his former team, the Ole Miss Rebels.

"I also told him when he plays Ole Miss he's not going to score any points," said Glass with a laugh. "He's my best player now but when he plays Ole Miss, he's just not going to score."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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