With the 2012 class in the rearview mirror and 2013 well in hand, Mississippi State has landed a commitment for the 2014 class with the potential services of Maurice Dunlap.Â
â€śIn talking to the coaches, they we really focused on my education and that is important to me,â€ť said Dunlap, who became Stateâ€™s first commitment for the 2014 class. â€śThey seemed to really care about me as a person and thatâ€™s what made me feel like committing.â€ťÂ
The Amanda Elzy point guard averaged 16.1 points per game last season for the Panthers who finished with a 23-5 record.
While he works between point and shooting guard currently, Dunlap knows men's basketball coach Rick Ray has a plan for him at Mississippi State.Â
â€śThey want to make me a premiere scorer,â€ť said Dunlap. â€śThey will use me as more of a shooting guard. Iâ€™m a jump shooter most of the time.â€ť
Some consider an early commitment a mistake for athletes but Dunlap and his family didnâ€™t see it that way at all.Â
â€śYou donâ€™t always get second opportunities at a chance like this,â€ť said Patricia Dunlap, Mauriceâ€™s mother. â€śWe let him make his decision because he is the one that has to go to school and heâ€™s the one that has to play. We wanted him to be happy with where he is going.â€ťView more articles in: