Rated 61st nationally among senior prep prospects by Scout.com, Varnado excelled this past summer on the national AAU circuit as a member of coach Jeremy Shulman's Midstate Ballerz Elite ballclub. Averaging 18.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 7.8 blocks per outing during the summer, Varnado helped lead his team to a fourth-place finish during the AAU National Tournament played in Orlando, Fla.
"We're very excited to have these two fine, young men join our basketball family here at Mississippi State. They are good, young players who are also terrific people," Stansbury said. "Jarvis has a tremendous upside as a tall, long-armed athlete, and having his father as his high school coach is certainly a big plus."
Hansbrough, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, averaged 17.1 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds per contest a year ago as a junior in helping lead the 27-4 Poplar Bluff Mules to a second-straight MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) Class 5A state championship. For his efforts last season, he was chosen first-team all-state by both the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
Hansbrough, the younger brother of Tyler Hansbrough, a consensus prep first-team all-American last year and currently a freshman standout at reigning national champion North Carolina, is a two-time SEMO all-conference performer for Poplar Bluff. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore starter in helping lead the 25-6 Mules to their first of two-consecutive state titles.
"Ben comes from as competitive a family as I've ever been around," Stansbury noted. "His competitiveness and toughness will be a great asset to our program."