[Premium Article] Shane Power might not knock down a winning shot for this year's edition of the Mississippi State basketball team, but his role for the Bulldog is something he takes great pride in. And that dedication is something that he has been working on for years."> [Premium Article] Shane Power might not knock down a winning shot for this year's edition of the Mississippi State basketball team, but his role for the Bulldog is something he takes great pride in. And that dedication is something that he has been working on for years.">

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<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/spower.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="160"> [Premium Article] Shane Power might not knock down a winning shot for this year's edition of the Mississippi State basketball team, but his role for the Bulldog is something he takes great pride in. And that dedication is something that he has been working on for years.

As a high school senior in the northwest corner of Indiana, Power gained statewide recognition on the basketball court. During his senior season he was named a finalist for the Indiana Mr. Basketball award, became the all-time leading scorer in the Northwest Indiana region and was named to the all-Decade team for his region.

"It was a great honor just to get to be a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award," Power said. "Jared Jeffries won it that year, and the right person won it. To get an honor like the all-Decade team was just amazing. There have been a lot of good players, like Glen Robinson, come through that region."

Power spent his first two collegiate seasons at Iowa State University. During his two years in Iowa, Power was on the Big 12 regular season champions, awarded with honorable mention all-Big 12 honors, named ISU's outstanding defensive player and won the ISU Mr. Hustle award; but he knew that he needed to find a new place to continue his basketball dreams.

"Leaving was just the best thing at the time for me," Power said. "I visited a lot of schools and really felt at home here (State). I really didn't expect the guys to take me in, but they treat me just like I have been here for years."

While all of his awards from high school and his first two seasons of collegiate ball are impressive, the one that shows how well he will fit in at State is the Arthur L. Trestor Award for Mental Attitude at the 2000 Indiana state tournament.

"I was really proud of that award because I considered it really showed what kind of player that I am," Power said. "I was proud to get that award for my whole area. We are known as a rough and tough area, and that is the way I like to play.

"The style of play here really fits into what I like to do on the court. I always pride myself on being a defense-first type player, and 'Defense and Rebounding' are our mottos here. I knew that if I came here I could find a place to contribute, and help push this program farther."

Power has been dominating on the basketball court since a very early age, but this season he is seeing a new side to basketball.

"I have never considered being a coach before I came here, but this year I am kind of enjoying getting to watch the coaches and how they handle certain situations," Power said of his future goals. "I have always liked the possibility of getting to be in broadcasting or sports writing, but I am learning about coaching this season."

Power has yet to suit up as a Bulldog, but he has watched the film of every game to break down mistakes and learn more about the teams he will frustrate next season.

"I like getting the films and watching for the little parts of the game," Power said. "I have already watched the games from earlier. I can see things and tell the others guys stuff. It makes me a better player, too."

Power's knowledge of the game might help him down the road in his profession, but that is already paying dividends on the Bulldog basketball squad this season. Even though he is confined to street clothes during the games, Power is always the first one off the bench to meet the players.

"I think that I am able to see some different things during the game since I am not having to worry about the other stuff. I can tell them something I see that may help them during the course of the game," Power said of his role on this edition of the MSU basketball team. "But coach keeps telling me that my main role is bringing a spark, or energy. I would normally do that, but I think that since I don't have to worry about hitting a shot or guarding the other team's best player, I can motivate the guys better.

"I already have one ring, but it has Big 12 on it. I am going to do everything that I can to get a ring that has SEC on it."


Grant Alford is a free-lance correspondent for Gene's Page. He is a student at Mississippi State University. You can contact him by email at sportswriterdawg@yahoo.com.

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