Marcus Grant Now a Bulldog Coach

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University head men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury has put the finishing touches on his coaching staff for the upcoming season with the promotion of third-year staff member Mark White to assistant coach and the hiring of former Bulldog standout swingman Marcus Grant as coordinator of men's basketball operations. Both announcements are pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

After serving the past two seasons as the coodinator of men's basketball operations on Stansbury's staff, White moves into the position vacated by Sam Weaver, who left Starkville earlier this summer to take over as activities director and boys basketball coach at Kennett High School in Missouri. A native of Russellville, Ky., and 16-year coaching veteran, White will be charged with primary responsibilities in the wide-ranging areas of scouting preparation, on-floor gameday coaching, scheduling, film exchange, recruiting, and various other assigned administrative duties. White, 40, is a 1988 graduate of Austin Peay State University.

A three-year starter and two-time team co-captain for former MSU coach Richard Williams' Bulldogs a decade ago, Grant has spent the better part of the past 10 years starring in Finland as a perennial all-league performer in the Finnish Basketball Association since his graduation from Mississippi State in 1995. In taking on an administrative role at his alma mater, Grant is primarily responsible for the coordination of the team's travel arrangements as well as the inventory and maintenance of the Bulldogs' athletic equipment.

Most recently, the reigning two-time Eurobasket All-Finnish League Import Player of the Year averaged 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season in leading the Kouvolan Kouvot club to the 2003-04 Finnish League championship. The previous season as a member of the Honka Espoo contingent, Grant averaged 20.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals per contest in pacing the Playboys to the Finnish team title as the league's best import player of 2002-03. Grant also played professionally on the international level in Germany (2003), Portugal (1998) and France (1996) within the past decade.

A former all-state selection at Macon (Ga.) Central High School, Grant was one of Stansbury's first prized Bulldog recruits during the current MSU head coach's early years as a State assistant. Having totaled 970 points (9.2 ppg), 384 rebounds (3.7 rpg) and 278 assists (2.6 apg) in 105 career collegiate contests, Grant stands fourth on the school's all-time lists for career 3-pointers made (164) and attempted (461). The three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient capped his State playing career by earning third-team all-SEC honors as a senior after averaging 10.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per outing in helping lead the 22-8 Bulldogs to the co-championship of the league's Western Division and an appearance in the 1995 NCAA Sweet 16. Prior to being honored with the team's prestigious Babe McCarthy Memorial Award as a senior for his all-around contributions to the Bulldog basketball program, Grant also was chosen MSU's Best Defensive Player as a junior and the club's Most Improved Player during his sophomore campaign.

Grant, 30, is married to the former Angie Rice of Starkville, and they are the parents of a 2-year-old boy, Marcus II.

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