Brandon Bolen to Walk On at MSU

Madison-Ridgeland Academy point guard Brandon Bolen (6-4, 200) has decided to take Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury up on his offer to walk on at MSU this coming season.

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"I called the (MSU) coaches and confirmed that I am going to walk on (at Mississippi State) next season," said Brandon. "I talked to (MSU assistant coach) Phil Cunningham. He seemed excited to hear it."

Brandon explained how this Mississippi State opportunity came about.

"About two weeks ago my plans were to attend Ole Miss," said Brandon, who has grown up an Ole Miss fan. "But things didn't work out there, so my coach, (Richard Duease), who knew I wanted to compete on that level, made a call (to MSU) and they set up a (unofficial) visit," said Brandon.

And the visit made quite an impression on the youngster.

"(MSU head) Coach (Rick) Stansbury was real hospitable and really seem to want me to come and play for him," said Brandon, who also received interest from several other schools. "Some of the other coaches I talked to didn't really make me feel like he did. He even told me I would have an opportunity to earn a scholarship. That was big for me."

Brandon played point guard for MRA. And that's also a possibility with the Bulldogs.

"Coach Stansbury mentioned the one and two, but he said they really need a point guard," said Brandon, who plans on attending State the second session of summer school. "Jamont Gordon is the starting point guard and Ben Hansbrough is the backup. And he'll start at the two."

And if things work out for Ben at the two, Brandon might be in the mix as a backup to Gordon next season.

"I can't ask for anything more than that," said Brandon, "because it doesn't get any better than that."

This past season, Brandon's per game average was 17.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals.

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