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Energizer Bunny: MSU's Johnson offers high effort on the court

November 24, 2013

Mississippi State's Roquez Johnson (25) goes up for a dunk against Ole Miss last season. (SDN file photo)

When it comes to Roquez Johnson's role on the Mississippi State basketball team, head coach Rick Ray thinks it's simple.
He wants the junior forward to be like the Energizer Bunny.
"I want Roquez to be an energy guy," Ray said. "Roquez is at his best doing the small things on the court that a lot of people don't notice because that's what Roquez Johnson is."
In the early stages of last season, Johnson tried to establish himself as a scorer. He scored 17 points against Florida Atlantic and then had 16 against Marquette and 18 against Texas in the Maui Invitational in back-to-back games. 
If Ray can get double-digit points from Johnson that's great, but he wants him to focus on other areas of his game.
"At the beginning of the year, there was a little bit of an aberration when he was scoring so much," Ray said. "He was scoring off energy plays and so he started to focus in a little bit too much on the scoring opportunities instead of going out and just playing hard, getting 50/50 balls, getting offensive rebounds, running the court and getting easy opportunities in fast break basketball."

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