News from MSU Media Relations--April 26

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State freshman guard Alexis Rack has been named to the fourth annual Young All-America Women's Basketball Team as announced by the organization today.

For her efforts throughout the season, Rack was named a unanimous selection to the 2006-07 Southeastern Conference all-Freshman Team. Rack also scored in double figures in 10 straight contests, becoming the first player since Tan White to do so. She scored her season-high 24 points against Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament. During the contest, Rack drained six three-pointers en route to being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

She was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice during the year. Rack ended the season averaging 10.3 points per game to tie for second on the team in scoring. She shot 72 percent from the free-throw line this season to earn the team's Free-Throw Percentage award.

Joining Rack on the team was Rookie of the Year Tina Charles from Connecticut. Rutgers guard Epiphany Prince also was named to the team, along with Jayne Appel (Stanford), Allyssa DeHann (Michigan State), LeLe Hardy (Clemson), Amber Harris (Xavier), Katie Madison (Idaho), Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State), Danielle Wilson (Baylor) and Monica Wright (Virginia).

Other SEC freshmen named to the team included Donica Cosby of Arkansas and Georgia's Ashley Houts.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning will hold seven basketball camps this summer with assistance from her coaching staff as well as area high school coaches and current Lady Bulldog basketball players. Registration is available online at

Camps will feature individual instruction, five-on-five games, three-on-three competition, a free-throw competition, a hot shot competition and a three-point shooting contest. The individual camps are open to youth ranging from grades 1-12, while the team camps are open to junior high and high school teams.

The Elite Camp, June 11-13, will focus on the advanced, highly-skilled high school player and will help prepare top players for the college game. While prior experience as a varsity starter is strongly recommended, a coach's recommendation is required.

The second camp offered will be the Team Camp offered June 14-16 for coaches to teach their system. Teams will play at least nine games. Practice courts and videos will be available upon request. In addition, the Shootout Camp will be on June 15 and/or 16, which will give teams an opportunity to play a minimum of three games in one day. This camp is designed for coaches to teach their system during competitive games.

There will be a Day Camp for grades 1-6 offered June 18-21. The Lady Bulldog camp will focus on fundamentals in individual stations, position development and offensive and defensive strategy from one-on-one to five-on-five games. Each day includes personalized instruction with the coaching staff and players.

Individual Camp, June 25-28, is for grades 6-12. Each participant in this camp will receive personalized instruction and coaching with head coach Sharon Fanning and assistant coaches Nitra Perry, Errol Rogers and Stacey Franklin. Individual stations will be set up for topics ranging from position work to the fast break. This camp is designed to help campers develop their "total" game.

Position Camp, June 28-29, is available for those in grades 6-12. The campers are divided by age group and each group will receive instruction related to their position as well as an overview of each position. Some of the areas covered are posting up, perimeter shooting off the dribble and point guard responsibilities, to name a few.

Shooting Camp, scheduled for June 30-July 1, is for grades 3-12. Camp instructors will evaluate the campers' fundamentals of shooting and will offer assistance in shooting lay ups, jump shots, pivots, three-point shots, hooks and free throws based on their age group division.

For more information on these camps, please contact Stephanie Siler in the MSU women's basketball office at (662) 325-5465.

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University Head Track and Field Coach Al Schmidt has announced the signing Shannon McGee of Pass Christian, Miss. to a national letter-of-intent. McGee will begin competing for the Lady Bulldogs during the 2007-08 season.

McGee, a distance specialist on the prep level recently turned in a personal-best time in the 1600-meter run at the Region 8 Regional meet. She finished with a time of five minutes, 35 seconds to place second in the event. McGee also competes in the 800-meter run and participates in the 4x400-meter relay team at Pass Christian High School on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In the 800-meter run, she clocked a time of 2:27 at the regional event to earn a bid to the 4A South State meet in the coming weeks.

"She (Shannon) is a multi-sport athlete, so we think she is going to do really well on the team," said MSU head coach Al Schmidt.

A multi-sport athlete at PCHS, McGee is the captain of the Pirate soccer team and the varsity cheerleader squad. On the track, she has been tutored by her father, Jim McGee. She also is a member of the U-Coach Running Club based in south Mississippi. The club offers training and competition at various meets in the region.

Men's Golf
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Mississippi State men's golfer Josh Oller has been named to the Southeastern Conference's 2007 Men's Golf Community Service team, announced by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.

The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts.

Oller, a senior from Brandon, Miss., is a member of the MState M-Club (the student-athlete organization on campus), and has participated with the organization's annual Thanksgiving food drive along with delivering it to families in the Starkville community. He helped paint paw prints on the campus streets to spruce up the campus roads. The general business major was named Academic all-American by the Golf Coaches of America Association in 2006. He is also a two-time member of the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Oller was a Dean's list honoree in 2004-05 with a 3.53 grade point average.

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