Inside the SEC: August 24

24 Aug

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

With school starting around the SEC, the National Hoops Report takes a look at some housekeeping notes from around the SEC.

Mississippi State, Smith Finish European Trip 5-0

All-SEC point guard Dee Bost still has one year to terrorize opposing teams, but Deville Smith showed that the Bulldogs may be set in the backcourt for more than just next season.

The incoming freshman scored 20 points, after Bost went down with an ankle injury, to lead Mississippi State past the French squad Stade De Vanves 99-71 on Saturday the 13th.

“With Dee out, I knew I had to step up,” Smith said. “We all had to make plays, and we did.”

Bost says the ankle injury is nothing to worry about. “I’ll be OK,” he said. “It’s the same ankle I’ve hurt before.”

Arnett Moultrie finished the trip the way he started it, with a double-double, his fourth of the trip. Moultrie scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“I thought we did a lot of good things on this trip and improved with every game,” said Moultrie. “We know now what we have to do to get ready for October 15.”

Rick Stansbury thinks his team has a long way to go once October 15 rolls around, but admits the trip is a head start.

“We came here and accomplished what we wanted, which was to win and improve,” Stansbury said. “I really like what I saw on this trip, but at the same time, we have a lot of work to do. But these five games gave us a leg up.”

USA finishes 5th in World University Games

John Jenkins and the rest of the USA team were disappointed with not reaching the medal round, but they didn’t let it affect their play Monday as they defeated a good German squad 86-83 to finish fifth in the World University Games.

While coming away without a medal the USA did finish the tournament with the best record at a 7-1.

Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins finished with 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-9 from distance.

“There’s a lot of pride with our team,” Jenkins said. “We could have easily said ‘we didn’t get the gold medals, so we’re just going to give up.’ We have a lot of good guys who wanted to come through and finish out strong. We were able to do that.”

Alabama’s JaMychal Green added 12 points and six rebounds, while Kentucky’s Darius Miller chipped in with three points.

“I felt like we were playing for the gold” JaMychal Green said. “It was a rough game and we were very competitive. I take my hat off to Germany, they were a good team.”

Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe led the way for the red, white, and blue with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Former LSU Forward Lands at Dayton

When Matt Derenbecker decided to leave LSU most thought he would end up at Tulane, but the sophomore forward decided the Green Wave’s New Orleans campus was just too similar to Baton Rouge.

Derenbecker, who averaged 6.5 points a season ago for the Tigers, decided the scenery in Dayton, Ohio was more of his style as he committed to coach Archie Miller and the Flyers.

“When it came down to it, I wanted change. I wanted a change of scenery and to go to Ohio and go to Dayton,” Derenbecker told the Times-Picayune.

Derenbecker will have to check out the central Ohio scenery until he starts school, as he chose Dayton without visiting the school.

“I spent time on the internet, I spent time talking to their coaches,” he said. “And they are getting a new practice facility that is going be finished in December and everything on their campus is close. It’s a real similar situation to Tulane. It’s just a different location.”


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