MSU 5-Star Signee Is Nation's No. 2 Scorer

Mississippi State women's basketball team has seen the likes of LaToya Thomas and Tan White, two of the greatest high school female basketball players in the state of Mississippi, play for the program, but Scott Central (MS) Attendance Center Victoria Vivians, who is second in the nation with a 44.3 points per game average, has the chance to be even better than those two.

  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Scott Central (MS) High School
  • Position: Forward
  • HT: 6-foot-0
  • Ranking: 5-Star, 6th best player in the nation
  • Schools of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State

    Arguably the most talented female basketball player to ever play in the state of Mississippi, Vivians has improved each year, increasing her scoring average each season from 24.7 points per game as a freshman to 37 points per game as a sophomore (led the nation), then 39.7 as a junior (2nd in the nation) and currently scoring 44.3 points per game as a senior (2nd in the nation).

    According to Vivians, her improvement is a simple process.

    "I just keep doing what I'm doing and try to get better every day," said the talented 5-star recruit, who is 588 points from breaking the national high school career mark for points scored. "I practice with my team all the time. The team works on ball-handling and shooting."

    Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaeffer has liked what she does from the first moment that he laid his eyes on her.

    "When I first took the job (at Mississippi State), as I was going down the runway after my press conference to go to the Sweet Sixteen at Texas A&M, the first call I made as the Mississippi State head coach was to Victoria Vivians' high school coach Chad Harrison," said Schaefer in his signing day media release. "Victoria will not only have a chance to etch her name in Mississippi State history, but she will also have the chance to do it in the Southeastern Conference record books, which includes some of the best players this game has seen. She's that talented."

    On the court, Vivians is not only very, very talented but also appears to be as calm as she is talented.

    "I look calm but inside I'm kind of hyped and ready to play," said Vivians, who chose Mississippi State over most of the top college programs in the nation. "I stay calm (on the outside) for my team so that they don't get in panic-mode and frustrated."

    While she has a natural ability that very, very few players have, she gives a lot of credit to her teammates for providing her the opportunities to score.

    "My teammates set me screens and I just go off the screens and catch the ball," said Vivians, a well-rounder player who is also averaging 12.4 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game. "I just shoot the ball and if it goes in, it goes in and if it doesn't, it doesn't."

    With just a couple of months left in her high school career, the next step in her basketball career is college ball.

    Obviously, the Mississippi State coaches are anxiously awaiting that next step in her career.

    "All of the (Mississippi State coaches) call every now and then and ask me if I'm ready to be a Bulldog," said Vivians. "They also talk about enrolling in school, things like that."

    As far as MSU head man Vic Schaeffer is concerned, the sooner she arrives on campus, the better.

    "To know the impact (that) she is going to have on this program the next four years is exciting," Schaefer said in his signing day media release. "She will probably be the all-time leading scorer in high school girls' basketball history nationally, and I feel that her college career can be much the same. She has led her high school team to the state championship, so she knows only one thing, winning."

    And Schaefer is hoping she only knows that same thing during throughout her four years at Mississippi State.

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    [Check out the video below to see for yourself why Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer is so excited about signing Vivians.]

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