Bulldogs Round Out Hoops Class

The Mississippi State Bulldogs were in the market for a big man and it appears Coach Rick Stansbury has dipped across state lines and nabbed his man. Selma, Alabama product Wendell Lewis has committed to Mississippi State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, UAB, Western Kentucky among others.

Wendell Lewis profile

On the heels of an official visit to Mississippi State, Lewis has decided to be a Bulldog.

"I am going to sign with Mississippi State," said Wendell. "I just feel like it's a good program and I feel like I can go fit in there."

Lewis was already leaning to Mississippi State prior to his weekend visit, but the trip to Starkville pushed him to close out his recruitment.

"I liked everything over there," said the power forward. "I liked the players and the coaches and the campus. I like the academic center and all of the facilities there. I just feel like it's the right place for me."

Hosted by Bulldog freshmen Dee Bost and Romero Osby, Wendell believes he can fit in and make plays next season.

"I am going to play the four," said Lewis. "I like all of the players and I think I can fit in with them. I am going to go in there and help the team."

A press conference scheduled for 1:30 today is being rescheduled for Wednesday. Wendell is planning to sign his national letter of intent earlier some time on Wednesday.

Sitting along side Wendell will be his head coach Woodie Jackson. Coach Jackson had no shortage of great things to say about his latest division one signee.

"He's an outstanding young man and easy to coach," said Coach Woodie Jackson. "He is good facing the goal and playing with his back to the goal. We knew at his size he would be a four man, but have some three skills. We had a new system for him to play in, so we would like to think we had a hand in helping him improve."

With several college programs showing a late rush of interest as they rounded out their classes, things got a little hectic around Selma.

"It hasn't been to tough on me, but it's been a little tougher on him," said Jackson. "I enjoyed working with Wendell because his grandfather coached me. I wanted to give something back to them. I played junior college ball for his grandfather. I am real happy for them."

Coach Jackson, a coach with multiple state championships, is no stranger to the recruiting process.

"I have sent many players to college and at the end end of the day it's their decision," said Jackson. "I can offer advice or recommendations, but it's always been their decision.

"Once he got a feel for the coaches and the players at Mississippi State he was happy there. I felt he could fit in anywhere because he has the skills. They have a lot to work with and they can develop him."

Over the course of his career, Coach Jackson has crossed paths with Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury several times.

"I have been knowing them for a long time," said Coach Jackson of the Bulldog coaching staff. "I have known Coach Stansbury sinc he was an assistant there under Richard Williams. I have a picture of us together at the old Nike camp in Indianapolis, so we are old friends."

Lewis joins Noxubee County standout Shaunnesy Smith as signees for the Bulldogs signing class.

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