One-on-one With Vic Schaefer

In an exclusive interview, Mississippi State head women's basketball coach Vic Schafer talks to Gene's Page about his five signees

What are your thoughts about Zion Campbell?
"Zion has grown since we signed her. She is taller now than when we signed her. She is now 6-foot-3. I like her frame. She has filled out a little bit. She has good size, can run well and has good hands. That is a good place to start. I like her personality. She fits in well with our kids. I like her potential. I'm not in any hurry with her. We can focus on her getting better with the little things and build her from the bottom up."

Jazzmun Holmes?
"She was the female athlete of the year in Mississippi. She accepted that award Tuesday night. She sees the floor extremely well. She is great in the open court. And she is Tim Nelson's daughter. He played here for Jackie Sherrill. He was 5-foot-9 and one of the hardest hitting players that Coach Sherrill every coached. Coach told me that. From what I understand, she has a little bit of his toughness and a lot of his competitiveness. Her mom is competitive, too. She coached her in AAU. She is another fast, quick, athletic guard who sees the floor extremely well and can shoot the ball. I like her court vision. I am counting on her helping Morgan William at point this year. Morgan can't play 40 minutes a game for 35 to 40 games."

Jazmine Spears?
"Jazmine is a kid who we signed two years ago from New Albany. She went to junior college and won a national championship. She was a first-team WBCA junior college All-American. She was one of the top 10 players in the nation in junior college. We are very fortunate to have her. She brings a wealth of experience. We are also talking about a high school kid who scored 3,400-3,500 points during her career. She knows how to score. She can stretch you and shoot the three or score inside. She gets a lot done for being undersized."

Roshunda Johnson?
"She is a transfer from Oklahoma State. She will redshirt this year while she sits out. She was a top-50 guard coming out of high school. She will bring a tremendous amount of experience to our team. She is very fast, very athletic. She is another fast, fast point guard like (Morgan William). She sees the floor extremely well but she is left-handed. She does everything backward, something that we love. She has a beautiful stroke and can really shoot it. She was second on the team at Oklahoma State in scoring last year, averaging 11.3 points per game. She is a kid who has been to the wars. She has a frame that is built for the SEC."

Teaira McCowan?
"She is 6-foot-7 with the wingspan of a 7-footer. She has an SEC body with a big-time reach. She can run the floor. She comes in as a Parade All-American, our second one in two years. She was a top-30 player in America, number 2 post player by some services. We are excited to have a player of her caliber. She also finished second in the shot put in the state of Texas in the highest classification that they have. She has a wealth of potential and she is another high quality, high character kid.

"We are excited about all of these kids. They are going to be great Bulldogs who will help us continue to build this program to where we want it to be, which is winning championships."

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