Stansbury Set Sights on the Class of 2006

After securing a recruiting class that very well could catapult Mississippi State's class into the top-5, Rick Stansbury and his assistant coaches are searching the nation for the top players from the Class of 2006. And it appears they are having very good success.

Scout.com's basketball team of recruiting experts have recently released their Class of 2006 Top-100 players. And the name Mississippi State is listed among many of the very best of the group.

The highest ranked player on the list that is considering Mississippi State is a player from Memphis, Tennessee, Mitchell High School's Thaddeus Young, the top small forward on the list and the 7th ranked player overall. Thaddeus, who is 6-8.5 and 200, likes Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Next in line is Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy's Javaris Crittenton, the 52nd rated player and 9th rated point guard. Crittenton is unusual in the fact that he is a tall, 6-5, point guard. He has Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Louisville on his early list.

Archbishop Rummel High School (Metairie, LA.) shooting guard Dwight Lewis, the 56th best player on the list, also likes Mississippi State, among others. The 6-5, 190-pounder has an early list of Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, USC, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Right now, it appears MSU will have to push hard for an official visit because in his latest interview Lewis said that he intends to visit USC, Stanford, Kansas and Oklahoma officially and also take unofficials to nearby LSU and Texas. He also mentioned Florida as a possibility.

The only Mississippian on the list is Heidelberg High School forward Andre Stephens, the 62nd ranked player. The 6-8, 220-pound Stephens, who unofficially visited MSU at least once this past season, has an early list of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State and Texas. Look for Mississippi State to make a major effort to sign this outstanding player.

Although he doesn't have Mississippi State on his current list, #66 Wayne Chism from Central High School in Bolivar, Tennessee is a possible recruit that the Bulldog coaching staff may be interested in. Arkansas is currently listed as the main player in his recruiting.

A player that caused quite a stir when he visited Mississippi State unofficially during the season is #73 ranked Johnnie Lett from Ben C. Rain High School in Mobile, Alabama. The 6-9, 215 pound Lett has an early list, according to Scout.com, of the three Alabama team - Alabama, Auburn and UAB - and Kentucky. You can add Mississippi State to that list based on the interest he showed by unofficially visiting MSU.

Click here to view the entire top-100.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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