"I lost five seniors from last year's team and four of the five started. So, some of my guys are getting adjusted to playing more. We came to the Mississippi State camp so they could play against good competition," said coach William Buford.
One of those young players is Ryan Boyce. Although he is young, he already has a lot of experience on the varisty level.
"He has been starting for us since he was a freshman," said Buford. "He is just a junior but he is going to be our leader this year. He knows what to expect. He knows how I want them to play."
Buford explained what Boyce brings to the team.
"He is long, athletic and can shoot the ball really well," said Buford. "He started as a center for us but we are working on his ball-handling and his jump shot. He is going to be a two, a three. That is what most schools want to see him at. That is why we are letting him bring the ball up a little more this year."
Boyce has numerous schools showing interest in him, including several who have offered a scholarship.
"He has offers from Ole Miss, Villanova, Wake Forest, UT-Martin and Western Kentucky," said Buford. "Georgia Tech called me the other day about him. And Arkansas and Mississippi State are interested in him."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.