New Commitment For MSU

Antiquawn "Twany" Beckham, a 6-5 point guard originally from Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky who played his prep ball at The New Hampton School in New Hampshire, has verbally committed to Mississippi State after officially visiting them this weekend.

"I committed to Mississippi State today," said Beckham, a 6-5, 190-pound point guard. "I took my official visit there this weekend with my mom."

The former first-team All-Stater while at Ballard High School liked Mississippi State for several reasons.

"I liked the fact that they are in the SEC," said Beckham. "It's been my dream to play in the SEC.

"I also got to meet the players this weekend for the first time and really thought they were cool. They told me about the school and coaches and were real high on Coach Stansbury and how they liked to play for him. They were a very big part of the reason I committed. I also liked the environment and feel it is a great opportunity for me."

Beckham was recruited by assistant coach Phil Cunningham.

"Coach Cunningham started recruiting me about a month and a half ago," said Beckham. "He said they like that I can create off the dribble and that I can come in and help them."

Beckham talked about his strong points as a player.

"I'm good at creating off the dribble and I'm quick," he said. "I'm also good at finding other people. I've also been working on my outside shot."

He said his recruitment is now over now that he has committed to State.

"I'm through with my recruitment now, " said Beckham, who officially visited Bradley about three weeks ago and has received heavy interest from the likes of Indiana, Bradley, Tennessee, Baylor and Kentucky of late.

The former first-team All-Stater out of high school averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists while at The New Hampton School.

When he signs on Wednesday he will join the other members of the Mississippi State basketball recruiting class that includes fall signees Romero Osby and Dee Bost.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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